By Emily Scott, Keystone State News Connection
Pennsylvania’s primary is four days away, and state election officials want to remind people of the different ways to vote.
More than 8.7 million Pennsylvanians are registered to vote. Top races this year include governor, lieutenant governor, a U.S. Senate seat, U.S. Representatives, state Representatives, half of all state Senate seats, and Democratic and Republican Party committee members. .
Acting Commonwealth Secretary Leigh Chapman said on the state’s election website, vote.pa.gov can be an important resource for accurate election information.
“You’ll find a tool to help voters locate their polling station, a database of candidates, a list of voter rights, instructions on how voters can file a complaint if they have a problem with their polling place and more,” Chapman pointed out. “Voters can also call our toll-free helpline at 1-877-VOTES-PA.”
Pennsylvania is a closed primary state, which means a voter must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to be eligible to vote on Tuesday. All registered voters can vote on local ballots and special elections. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all counties.
A recent survey found that one in six election workers nationwide have experienced threats as a result of their work and a majority believe threats have increased in recent years. Chapman stressed that the state makes it a priority to make election workers feel safe.
“The protection of election officials is certainly a major concern, from election officials to county election managers to county commissioners,” Chapman explained. “We are joining with our federal partners and our state partners to make sure there is a plan to ensure that election workers and those who count every vote are protected.”
In total, Pennsylvania voters requested more than 807,000 mail-in ballots and more than 103,000 mail-in ballots. Chapman added that it’s critical voters follow all instructions on how to complete and seal their mail-in ballot for it to be counted. It must be returned to your county board of elections by 8 p.m. on May 17.
To be informed. See the Herald Bucks County Voter Education Guide >>