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Deadline to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the November Election Is Oct. 26

One week left to vote in person by mail ballot

10/19/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today urged Pennsylvanians planning to vote by mail ballot in the Nov. 2 municipal election to apply now, before the Oct. 26 deadline, and return their mail ballot immediately to ensure their vote is counted.

Pennsylvanians Have Less Than Two Weeks to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the Nov. 2 Election

Nearly 907,000 voters have already applied for a mail ballot

10/13/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded registered Pennsylvania voters that they have less than two weeks, until 5 p.m. Oct. 26,  to apply for a mail ballot for the Nov. 2 municipal election. 

Deadline to Register to Vote in Nov. 2 Election Quickly Approaching

Register, check registration status and apply for a mail ballot online at vote.pa.gov

10/11/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvanians that they have one week – until Oct. 18 – to register to vote in the November municipal election.

Pennsylvanians Can Vote In Person by Mail Ballot at County Election Office Locations Through Oct. 26

10/06/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvanians that they can vote now in person by mail ballot at their county election office or satellite election office, one of three voting options available to them for the Nov. 2 municipal election.

PA High Schools Invited to Compete in Voter Registration Challenge

09/28/2021
The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education launched the fifth annual Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) Program, which promotes student-led voter registration efforts, today on National Voter Registration Day.

Secretary of State Encourages Pennsylvanians to Learn About Elections by Serving as a Poll Worker

09/01/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today encouraged all eligible Pennsylvanians to learn more about elections by signing up to be poll workers in their county for the November 2, 2021, election.

Department of State Releases One-Page “Snapshots” Providing Simple Descriptions of Professional Licensing Requirements

Wolf administration is committed to improving the licensing process

08/17/2021
The Department of State has created one-page Occupational Licensure Snapshots with descriptions of licensing requirements for nearly 100 occupations regulated by  Pennsylvania’s 29 professional licensing boards and commissions.

Pennsylvania Announces Upcoming End to Pandemic-Related Licensing Waivers

08/06/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of State announced today that its professional licensing waivers issued under the COVID-19 disaster declaration will begin to expire in several phases starting August 17. Under Act 21 of 2021, all waived and suspended regulations initiated because of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration will expire on September 30, 2021, unless terminated sooner. Licensed professionals and other individuals impacted by these waivers are urged to make every effort to return to compliance as soon as possible.

Department of State Decertifies Fulton County’s Voting System

07/21/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid has informed the Fulton County Board of Elections that she has decertified the county’s voting system for future elections because it was subjected to a post-election review by a third party in violation of Pennsylvania’s Election Code.

Pennsylvania Department of State Issues Directive Against Third-Party Access to Electronic Voting Systems

07/09/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid has issued a directive prohibiting third-party access to electronic voting systems, addressing requests that counties allow outside entities not involved with the conduct of elections to review and copy the internal electronic, software, mechanical, logic, and related components of Pennsylvania’s voting systems.

Acting Secretary of State Outlines Findings of Inspector General’s Report on Failure to Advertise Constitutional Amendment

05/26/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today discussed findings of the Office of State Inspector General’s report on the Department of State’s failure to advertise a constitutional amendment, HB 963. The proposed constitutional amendment would have extended retroactively the timeline sexual abuse victims have to file civil action against their abusers.

Governor’s Civic Engagement Award Winners Announced for 2020-21 School Year

05/25/2021
The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education announced today that 27 high schools in 18 counties across the commonwealth and one statewide charter school won Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards (GCEA) for the 2020-21 school year. Nearly 70 schools participated in the program and registered to vote 2,741 eligible students.

Acting Secretary of State Reports Successful Municipal Primary Election

05/18/2021
An hour after polling places closed, Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid reported that today’s municipal primary election in Pennsylvania was successful, with more than 550,000 mail-in ballots already recorded.

Election Returns Website Will Provide First Look at Tuesday’s Primary Election Results

05/17/2021
With Tuesday’s municipal primary election just one day away, Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of State’s election night returns website offers up-to-the-minute results.

Wolf Administration Discusses Positive Impact of Emergency Disaster Declaration for Patients, Doctors, Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

Licensing waivers allow for flexible response during a disaster incident

05/06/2021
From providing telemedicine in a patient’s home to administering vaccines at community vaccination clinics, Department of Health Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and Professional and Occupational Affairs Commissioner Kalonji Johnson today outlined how the ongoing emergency disaster declaration is allowing doctors, nurses, and other licensed healthcare professionals to provide quality patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pennsylvanians Have One Week Left to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the May 18 Primary Election

More than 750,000 voters have already applied for a mail ballot

05/04/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid today reminded registered Pennsylvania voters that they have one week left to apply for a mail ballot for the May 18 primary election. 

Mail Ballot Applications for the May 18 Primary Near 750,000 Milestone

Today is Deadline to Register to Vote in the Primary Election

05/03/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid announced today that more than 741,500 Pennsylvanians have applied for mail ballots for the May 18 municipal primary election.

Department of State Releases COVID-19 Enforcement Actions, April 18-25

04/27/2021
The Department of State’s Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation (BEI) today released data related to COVID-19 enforcement actions from April 18-25.

Early In-Person Voting by Mail Underway in Pennsylvania

Voters continue to embrace mail-in voting as applications top 677,500

04/27/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid reminded Pennsylvanians today that they can vote early in-person by mail ballot until May 11, the deadline to apply for a mail ballot.

All Registered Voters, Regardless of Party Affiliation, Can Vote on Four Questions on Primary Ballot

04/22/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid announced that four ballot questions, including three proposed constitutional amendments, will be on the May 18 municipal primary ballot. 

Department of State Releases COVID-19 Enforcement Actions, April 11-18

04/20/2021
The Department of State’s Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation (BEI) today released data related to COVID-19 enforcement actions from April 11-18.

Deadline to Register to Vote in May 18 Primary Fast Approaching

Voting by mail remains extremely popular with Pennsylvanians More than 660,000 voters already have applied for mail-in or absentee ballots

04/19/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid today reminded eligible Pennsylvanians that the deadline to register to vote in the May 18 primary is just two weeks away.

Department of State: Disaster Declaration Enables Pandemic-Related Waivers to Allow More Licensees to Provide Vital Care

Waivers allow temporary expansion of telemedicine and for more healthcare professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines

04/16/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of State today outlined various COVID-19-related waivers made possible by the governor’s disaster declaration that have enabled more healthcare professionals to provide needed services during the pandemic.

Department of State Releases COVID-19 Enforcement Actions, April 4-11

04/13/2021
The Department of State’s Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation (BEI) today released data related to COVID-19 enforcement actions from April 4-11.

Department of State Outlines Procedure and Deadlines for Voting by Mail in May 18 Primary

04/13/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid today urged Pennsylvanians who plan to vote by mail in the May 18 municipal primary to apply for their ballot well in advance of the May 11 deadline.

More Than 600K Pennsylvania Voters Apply for Mail Ballots Ahead of May 18 Municipal Primary

04/12/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of State today announced that more than 587,000 voters already have applied for mail-in ballots for the May 18 municipal primary election, and more than 18,000 voters have applied for absentee ballots.

Survey Reveals Occupational Licensing Challenges for Veterans and Military Spouses

04/08/2021
Nearly 60 percent of respondents to a Department of State survey of veterans and military spouses with occupational licenses reported they were able to find employment within three months of their transition to civilian life in Pennsylvania, but they spent between $200 and $500 for initial licensing expenses in the commonwealth.

Department of State Releases COVID-19 Enforcement Actions, March 28-April 4

04/06/2021
The Department of State’s Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation (BEI) today released data related to COVID-19 enforcement actions from March 28-April 4.
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