PA Primary Election Day Tips During COVID-19

Today is Primary Election Day for PA residents. Polling places are open in every PA county today from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Because of COVID-19, some polling places may be consolidated or relocated for the June 2 primary election only. To find out where your polling place is, visit PA Voter Services.

VotesPA recommends the following tips to ensure your safety while at the polls:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This can be a cloth mask or scarf, like you would wear in a grocery store. 
    • We strongly encourage voters to wear masks out of respect for their fellow voters and for the dedicated poll workers staffing the polling places. Voters who are not wearing a mask will not be denied their right to vote. 
  • Bring your own blue- or black-ink pen to mark your ballot and limit your exposure to shared surfaces.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. You may want to bring hand sanitizer with you, if you have it, for your personal use.
  • Maintain social distance from poll workers and other voters. This means staying about 6 feet apart from other people while you are waiting in line, checking in and voting.
  • Follow instructions from poll workers and other election officials. They are there to help things run smoothly.
  • Be patient. This will be a new experience for everyone involved. You can help by being patient and understanding while you exercise your right to vote.  

If you have applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot and have not had a chance to mail them,Gov. Tom Wolf announced yesterday the mail and absentee ballot deadline has been extended until June 9 at 5 pm for six counties. Ballot postmarks must be no later than today, June 2 by 8 pm.

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