Deadline to receive mail-in ballots extended in some counties

KYW Staff
June 01, 2020 - 6:56 pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, 5:56 p.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  After weeks of county officials in Pennsylvania scrambling to meet the deadline to get voters’ mail-in ballots on the eve of the election, Gov. Tom Wolf has extended the deadline.

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Wolf announced he signed an executive order to extend the deadline for county election offices in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The deadline to receive mail-in ballots has now been moved to 5 p.m. June 9, and the ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 2.

The deadline to hand deliver absentee or mail-in ballots remains 8 p.m. June 2.

Wolf said the counties with the extended deadline are part of an emergency declaration due to civil unrest.

This is the first year Pennsylvania is allowing no-excuse mail-in ballots.

This extension does not apply to Chester County.

Bucks County won an emergency petition late Tuesday that extends their deadline for mail-in ballots. Any ballot postmarked by June 1 that arrives before June 9 will be counted. Any ballots that come in after Tuesday's 8 p.m. deadline will be kept seperate in case there is an appeal.