By: David G. Greineder, IOM, ABC Pennsylvania Director of Government Affairs
The Final Stretch
Did you vote or are you prepared to vote? The campaigns are entering the final stretch and the finish line is two short weeks away. Mail-in voting is currently underway, and as expected, is already knee-deep in political and legal battles. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling saying that undated mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania should not be counted by county board of elections. Despite the federal ruling, the Pennsylvania Secretary of State issued a statement advising counties to continue to follow the agency’s guidance, which instructs counties to count undated ballots. Of course, the statement has initiated lawsuit filings and several counties have announced that they will separate dated and undated ballots barring a court decision.
While the deadline to register to vote has passed, voters can still request a mail-in ballot. The last day to APPLY for a mail-in ballot is November 1. Mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED by the voter’s local board of election by 8:00 p.m. on November 8. Information on registering, mail-in ballots, absentee ballots, polling places and more can be found at: www.vote.pa.gov
Because if the importance of this election, ABC encourages employers to offer time off for employees to vote. Some employers even offer the whole day off. We support these office policies so everyone can exercise their right to vote. If a voter or employee has questions about candidates running for office, ABC has a candidate overview document that can be accessed here.
November 8 is the big day! If you choose to vote in-person, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Posted October 25, 2022