(WEST CHESTER, March 30, 2020) – The Pennsylvania Primary Election has been delayed five weeks to Tuesday, June 2, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, state Senator Andy Dinniman said.
The state legislature unanimously passed the measure pushing back the primary and the governor recently signed it into law.
The delay will give people more time to register to vote by mail and give election officials more time to prepare for election under unprecedented circumstances, Dinniman said
“The right to vote is the cornerstone of our nation No one should have to choose between risking their health and exercising their right to participate in our democracy,” Dinniman said. “Now our mission is ensuring that voters are aware of the change and know how to apply for mail-in ballots.”
Already, more than 215,000 registered voters have signed up for either a mail-in or absentee ballot, with more than ¾ using the online application at www.votespa.com, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Dinniman also assured voters who already signed up for mail-in voting that no changes were necessary.
“Mail-in ballots have yet to be sent out. So, if you have already applied and received a confirmation for mail-in voting, you do not need to do so again despite the date change,” he said.
Those who have yet to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, now have more time to do so. The deadline to apply is one week before the election (5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26). The Chester County Election Office must receive completed ballots by 8 p.m. on Election Day (now Tuesday, June 2).
Pennsylvania joins 10 other states that have changed their primary date in the response of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is the first election that Pennsylvanians participate to “no-excuse” mail-in voting, which lets any eligible voter submit their ballot by mail.
More information can be found at https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx.