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PA ‘No-Excuse’ Mail Voting Underway, Ahead of Midterms

by Danielle Smith, Keystone State News Connection

Aug 06, 2022

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week to affirm expanded mail-in voting in the state is constitutional.

The ruling is seen as a setback to the 14 Republican lawmakers who opposed expanding mail-in voting two years ago, and then challenged the expansion in court. Now, Pennsylvania voters can request and use an absentee ballot for any reason, and the law will be in place for this November’s midterm election.

Meg Pierce, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, said mail-in ballots are important to ensure elections are accessible to everyone.

“Voting by mail is convenient and secure, and has resulted in an incredible boost in voter turnout in Pennsylvania’s recent election,” Pierce pointed out. “About 170,000 registered voters voted in Pennsylvania elections when they were allowed to vote by mail.”

Pierce explains those 170,000 voters are folks who voted by mail in 2020, but did not vote at all between 2016 and 2020.

She added the midterm ballot is a critical one, with races for governor, U.S. Senate and House seats, state legislative seats, as well as Democratic and Republican Party committee members.

A Pennsylvanian must be a registered voter to request the mail-in ballot. The deadline to register is Oct. 24. The ballot must be completed and mailed to the local county election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8.

Pierce emphasized the League recommends voters visit the website Vote411.org to study the ballot before they head to the polls or mail in their ballot.

“You put in your address, and it will autopopulate what your ballot will look like, depending on where you live,” Pierce explained. “I encourage everyone who plans to vote to research their candidates and find out what’s going to be on the ballot, well ahead of Election Day.”

Gov. Tom Wolf addressed the Supreme Court decision, saying it “definitively asserts that voting by mail is a constitutionally valid method of voting,” which will allow voters “to cast ballots without disruption or confusion.”


La Corte Suprema de Pensilvania dictamino esta semana que la votacion por correo ampliada en el estado es constitucional.

El fallo es visto como un reves para los 14 legisladores republicanos que se opusieron a expandir la votacion por correo hace dos anos y luego impugnaron la expansion en los tribunales. Ahora, los votantes de Pensilvania pueden solicitar y usar una boleta de voto en ausencia por cualquier motivo, y la ley estara vigente para las elecciones de medio termino en noviembre.

Meg Pierce, de la League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (Liga de Mujeres Votantes de Pensilvania), dice que las boletas por correo son importantes para garantizar que las elecciones sean accesibles para todos.

“Votar por correo es conveniente y seguro, y ha dado como resultado un aumento increible en la participacion electoral en las elecciones recientes de Pensilvania. Los datos que tenemos indican que alrededor de 170.000 votantes registrados votaron en las elecciones de Pensilvania cuando se les permitio votar por correo”, menciono la entrevistada.

Pierce agrega que la boleta electoral de mitad de periodo es critica, con carreras para gobernador, sillas en el Senado y la Camara de los EE. UU., escanos legislativos estatales, asi como miembros del comite del Partido Democrata y Republicano.

Un residente de Pensilvania debe ser un votante registrado para solicitar la boleta por correo. La fecha limite para registrarse es el 24 de octubre. La boleta debe completarse y enviarse por correo postal a la oficina electoral local del condado antes de las 8 p. m. del dia de las elecciones, 8 de noviembre.

Pierce dice que la Liga recomienda a los votantes que visiten el sitio web vote411.org para estudiar la boleta antes de dirigirse a las urnas o enviar su voto por correo.

“Ingrese su direccion y se completara automaticamente como se vera su boleta, dependiendo de donde viva. Animo a todos los que planean votar a que investiguen a sus candidatos y averiguen lo que aparecera en la boleta electoral, mucho antes del dia de las elecciones”, insistio Pierce.

El gobernador Tom Wolf se refirio a la decision de la Corte Suprema y dijo que “definitivamente afirma que votar por correo es un metodo de votacion constitucionalmente valido”, que permitira a los votantes “emitir su voto sin interrupciones ni confusion”.

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