Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order Extends Mail Ballot Deadline by one week in Six PA Counties

Written by on June 1, 2020

Gov. Wolf’s Executive Order Extends Mail Ballot Deadline by one week in Six PA Counties

June 1, 2020

Voters in six Pennsylvania counties now have one more week to submit their mail-in ballots. Governor Wolf announced this deadline extension during a news conference in Philadelphia, the night before Election Day.

Wolf signed an executive order this afternoon to allow voters in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to have one more week to submit their mail-in ballots. They have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 to return their mail ballots to their county’s designated voters office.

“I can’t do anything about the election day, but I am extending the time to actually get votes in,” Wolf said during the conference. “So if you vote and the vote gets in by next Tuesday, it will count.”

The six counties included in today’s executive order are part of a disaster emergency declaration the governor signed Saturday in response to civil unrest to provide all necessary assistance to the municipalities.

Already, counties are struggling with a flood of mail-in ballots and difficulties wrought by the pandemic. 

Wolf’s order faced an imminent challenge by Republican Party officials, who said it violates constitutional protections that ensure equal voting laws.

According to Pennslyvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said over 1.8 million voters have been approved for mail-in ballots amid the pandemic.

That is about 17 times greater than the number of Pennsylvania voters who have applied for an absentee ballot for the last presidential primary in 2016.

Note, this does not include Lehigh and Northampton counties. Voters should still submit their ballots by 8 p.m. tomorrow evening on June 2.

In Lehigh County, ballots may be dropped at the County Government Center in Allentown at 17 S. 7th St. Allentown, PA 18101.

In Northampton County: the lobby of the courthouse in Easton at 669 Washington St., Room 1211 Easton, PA 18042-410.

Visit votespa.com/county to find election offices in other counties.


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