Rock the Vote: How to Vote in 2020 PA Primaries
By: Megan Talley
In the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic, the decision was made to reschedule this year’s Pennsylvania Primary Elections to June 2nd. With that comes many questions on how you can vote but stay safe in the age of COVID-19.
Can I still register to vote? The answer, yes! PA Voter Services says you now have until May 18th (this Monday) to register for the June primaries.
Don’t know how? Go to https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication if you haven’t registered already.
Do I have to vote in person? Not necessarily. If you so choose, the polls plan to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will continue to follow social distancing protocols, according to pa.gov. But, thanks to a bill signed by Governor Wolf in March, anyone can apply for a mail-in ballot and not have to submit an excuse to do so, as long as you are a registered voter.
You can go to https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication and submit yours, and do so before 5 p.m. on May 26th at the absolute latest. When do I have to send that back by? Send your mail-in ballot back to your County Election Office as soon as you can so it’s ready by 8 p.m. on June 2nd. If you have any questions, visit votes.pa.com to get in touch with your County Election Office.