Time is Running Out to Apply for Mail Ballot for Pennsylvania May Primary

Stroudsburg Herald

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Monroe County, PA- With less than a week left before the deadline, Pennsylvanians planning to vote by mail ballot in the May primary election are urged to apply online or in person now.

Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt reminded voters to return their mail ballot immediately to ensure their vote can be counted. Schmidt emphasized the importance of applying online or in person today to allow enough time to receive and return the mail ballot by May 16.

Over 683,000 Pennsylvanians have already applied for mail ballots. To ensure your ballot is counted:

  1. Enclose it in the inner security envelope marked "official election ballot” and seal it.
  2. Seal the inner security envelope in the pre-addressed outer envelope.
  3. The outer envelope should be signed and the current date written on it.

To return your voted ballot, mail it in or hand-deliver it to your county elections office, officially designated satellite office, or Dropbox site. It must be received by 8 p.m. on May 16. Registered voters who have not voted by mail ballot have the option to vote in person at the polls on May 16 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., regardless of party affiliation.

However, only registered Democrats or Republicans may select nominees in the primary to represent their party in the Nov. 7 general election. If you need to check your registration status, you can do it here

If you requested a mail ballot and did not receive it or do not have it, you may still vote by provisional ballot at your polling place on May 16.

The provisional ballot will be reviewed by your county board of elections after the primary to determine whether it can be counted. Regardless of how you choose to vote, make sure your voice is heard.

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