State Media Leaders Encourage Mail-In Ballot Voters To Act Soon To Avoid Postal Delays.
Delays in the US Postal Service have many voters everywhere concerned about whether their vote will arrive before the Election Day deadline.
State media leaders say there are still ways to let your voice be heard, even if you’ve already requested a ballot by mail.
The Acting Secretary of State has encouraged those planning to vote by mail to personally deliver their ballots.
They can do this at your county elections office, mailbox, or at a different location.
State media leaders say it’s better to make an effort now than later.
“I would act as soon as I get your ballot in the mail because we want to make sure that every voter has the opportunity to cast their ballot,” said York County Chairperson Commissioner Julie Wheeler.
For voters who have not yet requested their ballots by mail, Midstate County leaders say they are getting down to business before the deadline hits and that postal delays in the area are also making it difficult for voters.
“At the end of the day, we cannot control the Postal Service and at this point, the way the guidance has been set is that we must receive your ballot by 8 pm on Election Day or it will not be counted,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler says that for those who have requested a mail-in ballot, but it hasn’t arrived yet, they can still go to a polling place and vote a provisional ballot.
“Our suggestion would be that you personally deliver and return your ballot to the elections office that way you will ensure that the ballot and your vote are counted,” Wheeler said.
So far, in York County, more than 30,000 people have processed and requested mail-in or absentee ballots. Wheeler says half of them have returned to the county office.
“In the worst case, if you receive your ballot and are concerned that it will not arrive in the mail on Election Day, we will encourage you to take your entire package, go to your polling place, save it, and vote in person. Wheeler said.
Additionally, it is very important that voters who vote by mail sign and date their envelopes.
To ensure that mail-in ballot voters have the opportunity to stay ahead of postal delays. On Saturday, York County leaders will host a ballot drop-off event from 10 am to 2 pm located at 28 E Market Street.