An Election Day like never before: Mail-in balloting, new voting machines, multi-day counts for Pa.’s primary

By: Charles Thompson

It’s going to be an election like we’ve never had in a year we’ll never forget.

Many Pennsylvanians have already voted by mail for the first time; others will be voting on new machines for the first time; and – importantly – no one’s likely to have final results for several days after the polls close.

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Voters’ guide: Meet Pa.’s 2020 primary election candidates

By: Megan Lavey-Heaton

Welcome to your Voters Guide to Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary election.

Republicans and Democrats across the state will head to the polls June 2 to select their parties’ nominees for state row offices, Congressional representatives and the state Legislature.

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Nearly a million Pa. voters have applied to vote by mail in June primary election

By: Julian Routh

Pennsylvania has received nearly a million applications for mail-in and absentee ballots for the June 2 primary, an influx that state officials touted as a crucial benchmark in its efforts to prepare the election for the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

But for many of the commonwealth’s 67 counties, the number of mail-in and absentee ballots they’ll have to process — and count, when the time comes — could end up to be as much as 10 times as many as they tallied in the 2016 primary, when mail-in ballots weren’t an option for Pennsylvanians and there wasn’t a pandemic threatening the viability of in-person voting.

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Allegheny alone among many Western Pennsylvania counties concerned about in-person voting for primary

By: Julian Routh

As the executive of the state’s second-most populous county warns that in-person voting on June 2 would be a “disaster” plagued by staffing shortages and fear, officials managing elections in many of the more sparsely inhabited counties of Western Pennsylvania say they aren’t as concerned.

While Allegheny County has moved to send mail-in ballot applications to all of its registered voters, Mercer County remains in a “relatively fortunate position” — said elections director Jeff Greenburg, adding, “knock on wood” — and as of Thursday morning, has only come across one precinct of 90 total where no poll workers are willing to work.

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Pennsylvania’s mail-in, absentee ballot applications surge for June primary

By: Associated Press

Pennsylvania counties have processed about 283,000 absentee and mail-in ballots for the June primary, and requests from Democrats are three times more common than from Republicans, state elections officials said Tuesday.

The Department of State said 89,000 absentee ballot requests have already been processed, with the June 2 primary still seven weeks away.

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