ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Pennsylvania's rescheduled primary election is set for June 2.

Poll workers will soon begin training, but election officials say that's just one of many tasks that still need to be done.

There are many things election officials are going to need to tackle over the next few weeks, from polling locations and new voting machines, to a spike in mail-in ballots.

The health and safety of poll workers and voters continue to be a top priority.

"We will be giving gloves to the voters for the machines. People are saying what about the pens we use to sign the poll book. Well, bring your own pen and you can sign the poll book with your own pen and that should make voters feel better," said Debbie Olivieri, Berks County elections director.

Many voters this year are opting for a mail-in ballot instead.

So far, 17,000 applications have been processed in Lehigh County, 25,000 in Northampton County and more than 21,000 in Berks County. That's more than what officials have done for any presidential election.

Officials are working to solidify polling locations and who will staff those locations.

"Probably about 200 people out of 1,000 that we have contacted, that we know of, that do not wish to staff the polls on June 2. Training is a hurdle in itself, and now not being able to gather people," said Tim Benyo, chief clerk of the Lehigh County Election Board.

Berks County is down about 600 poll workers as officials there prepare to begin training at the Santander Arena on May 11.

Benyo says Lehigh County is also in desperate need of staffers for its polling locations, but the same goes for many counties across Pennsylvania.

Benyo and his team are working to put together a Zoom meeting for staff.

As these challenges continue, many are interested to see the final result of mail-in ballots come June 2.

"It's the first time we have done mail-in, so I'll be interested to see what happens Election Day," said Olivieri.

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