Because the mission of the League of Women Voters of Bucks County (LWVBC) is to empower voters and defend democracy, we want to encourage citizens to use their right to a mail-in ballot during this time of highly infectious COVID-19. All Pennsylvanian voters can now vote by mail in all elections. Mail-in voting is popular wherever it is used, it enjoys bipartisan support across the country, it is safe and secure, and it gives the voter time to consider the candidates and ballot measures on the ballot.
To apply for a mail-in ballot, visit VotesPA.com or Vote411.org. Or call 1-877-VOTESPA or 215-348-6154. The deadline to register is May 18th. Applications for mail-in or absentee ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections (BOE) in Doylestown by May 26th at 5:00pm and ballots must be returned by June 2nd at 8:00pm. To ensure timely delivery to the BOE, mail in your ballot 10 days ahead. All mailed-in ballots will be counted at the BOE, not at individual polling places. Election results are likely to be released several days after the polls close, to allow for heavy volume and accuracy.
Vote!2020 is available on the LWVBC YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/LWVBC2020VoteInfo and can answer voters’ questions, providing guidance on both mail-in ballots and the new voting machines. Our Voters’ Guide will be among the many updated voter resources you can find at Vote411.org.
Even though the League is encouraging the use of mail-in ballots, we want to protect in-person voting by ensuring it is safe and accessible. We as Pennsylvania voters should see the wisdom in affirming easy access to voting for all citizens.
Sue Houston, Chair
Citizens Advocacy Committee
League of Women Voters of Bucks County