Deadline Coming to Request a Mail Ballot in Pennsylvania

The deadline for Pennsylvania voters who are registered to request a mail ballot for the primary on April 23 is coming up soon. The deadline for voters to send their mail or absentee ballot application to their county election board is 5 p.m. on April 16.

Any person who is registered to vote has the right to ask for a mail-in ballot without having to provide a reason. If you will not be in your municipality on Election Day, you can ask for an absentee ballot.

If you didn’t apply for a mail ballot but have an emergency like a sudden illness or disability, or if you need to be away from your town or city at the last minute, you can ask for an emergency absentee ballot.

You can request mail ballots in Pennsylvania by going online to the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website or by visiting your county election board or other designated locations in person.

You must make sure that your completed mail ballots are received by your county’s election office before 8 p.m. on April 23. Just having a postmark on the envelope is not sufficient.

The Department of State has received 876,681 mail ballot applications as of 8 a.m. on April 15. Over 72% of those individuals are registered Democrats, while over 26% are registered Republicans.

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As of Monday, more than 248,000 ballots have been returned. Election offices can indicate that they have received the ballots, but they are not allowed to open them or start processing them until Election Day.

In the April primary, voters will only receive the ballot of the political party they are registered with because it is a closed primary. Over 8,600 ballots were sent to voters who are not registered as either Republican or Democrat. These ballots are for places where there are local ballot issues that all voters need to consider.

Pennsylvania voters have the opportunity to vote for various statewide positions on April 23. These positions include State Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer.

The Republican and Democratic primaries for the U.S. Senate have no competition. Bob Casey and Dave McCormick are expected to compete against each other in the general election in November. There are also several U.S. House seats in Pennsylvania that have multiple candidates running, including a Democratic primary in the 10th District, which includes Harrisburg.

There are also contested primaries in the 1st, 3rd, 7th, and 14th Districts. In Pennsylvania, there are about 8.8 million people who are registered to vote. This means that almost 10% of these registered voters have been given permission to vote by mail in April.

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