HARRISBURG, Pa. - Election officials in Pennsylvania are recommending that voters who have applied for but have not received their mail ballot to vote by provisional ballot at their polling place on Election Day.
“Do not worry-if you haven’t received your mail or absentee ballot you will not lose your right to vote,” Secretary Boockvar said. “Anyone who hasn’t received their mail ballot should go to their polling place on Election Day and vote by provisional ballot. Your ballot will be counted if you are a qualified voter who has not already cast a ballot.”
Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can find their polling place on the Department of State’s voting website.
Election officials say any voter who has received but not yet returned their mail ballot should do so by hand-delivering it to their county election office, satellite election office or other designated drop-off location. Voted mail ballots will not be accepted at polling places.
Voters must make sure that they enclose their mail ballot first in the white inner secrecy envelope and seal it, then insert the inner envelope into the outer pre-printed return envelope, and sign and complete the voter’s declaration on the outer envelope. Voters must complete all these steps for their ballot to be counted.
Under Pennsylvania law, voters may only return their own ballots. The only exceptions to this are for voters with a disability who have designated someone in writing to deliver their ballot, or for voters who need an emergency absentee ballot.
Voters who applied for and receive a mail ballot and then decide they want to vote at the polls on Election Day can change their mind, but they should bring their mail or absentee ballot and the outer ballot envelopes to be voided by the poll worker, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. They may then vote on their county’s voting system.
If a voter applies for a mail ballot but does not return it and does not bring the mail ballot and envelopes with them, they may still vote by provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day. Their county board of elections will then verify that they did not vote by mail before counting their provisional ballot.
For more information on voting and elections in Pennsylvania, people can call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.
Election results will be posted on the Department of State's main election-returns site as the department receives reports from the counties after the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day. A demo of the state's new supplemental dashboard is available on the Department of State website. The dashboard will show the progress of ballots cast that have not yet been counted, broken down by county.