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Pennsylvania residents are now permitted to vote by mail

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by PAUL FOX Special to The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to apply for a mail-in ballot for the upcoming presidential primary election June 2.

Just last year, Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019 into the law, giving Pennsylvanians the option to mail in their ballots without the need for any excuse. The act also extended deadlines for voter registration and returning mail-in and absentee ballots.

The deadline to register to vote is May 18.

Now, Act 77 could prove to be even more necessary as fears of contracting COVID-19 will likely keep people from packing into polling locations to cast their votes in person.

Pennsylvania Department of State has launched an awareness campaign to inform the public they able to vote from home.

Applications for mail-in or absentee ballots can be found at votespa.com.

The deadline to register for an absentee or mail-in ballot is 5 p.m. May 26.

Important to note is that in-person voting will still be conducted, but polling locations may change due to the virus. For example, polling typically held in senior centers will have to be relocated.

The relocation of polling sites is being left up to the individual counties, but Lehigh County has not yet announced any changes to polling locations.