Fulfilling Your Civic Duty During COVID-19
BY: DAVID G. GREINEDER, IOM, ABC PENNSYLVANIA DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the way we conduct our daily lives – including voting. Pennsylvania’s primary election was moved to Tuesday, June 2. Polls will be in operation from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be expected to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
To ensure voters can cast ballots safely and efficiently, Pennsylvania has adopted a mail-in ballot process. To vote by mail, voters must first fill out an application. The easiest and quickest way to receive a mail-in ballot is to apply online. You must do so by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. You can track the status of your application on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website. If your application is accepted, you will receive a ballot with instructions from your local election office. Your completed ballot must be received by the local election office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.
I would like to point out a few details to consider on the application process and ballot itself:
If you will be away on June 2 or are anticipating long lines at the polls due to COVID-19 social distancing procedures, please consider voting by mail. By law, your mail-in ballot will be counted at your local election office where local political parties and legal counsel are permitted to have “watchers” monitoring the counting.
The mail-in ballot option has made voting safe and easy during these times. As we do our part to ensure family, friends, and co-workers are safe, let’s also do our part to elect good leaders to office.