Monday, May 4, 2020

PA Preparing for 2020 Primary Election

As Pennsylvania continues to Prepare a June 2nd, Primary Election, with nearly 1 million Voters Applying for Mail-in-Ballots, Gov. Wolf (D) announced. Officials are continuing to urge Residents to Vote-by-Mail to help mitigate the Spread of Coronavirus at Polling Places, while also Working with the Counties and Health Experts to make the Polls as Safe as possible.

Because of the Unprecedented Number of Pennsylvanians who will Vote-by-Mail this year, it's likely that there will be some Delay in the Counting of Ballots.

Widespread Preparations are being made to prepare Polling Places. Counties will receive some part of $13 million in Federal Funding to help handle the Additional Costs of the Election. In addition, the State has Ordered Protection Kits: Cleaners for Voting System, Floor Marking Tape to help Facilitate Social Distancing at the Polls, Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, and Masks.

Leaders are currently in Preliminary Conversations with the National Guard about the Possibility to Help Volunteer as Poll Workers. Voters should Not expect Service Members in Military Uniforms but in plainclothes.

Typical Polling Places may Not be Available due to the Pandemic, as many are simply Too Small to Allow for Social Distancing, while others are Located in Places with At-Risk Populations, like Senior Centers. Public and Private Facilities who may be called on as Polling Places need to Work with the Counties in any way that they can.

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