Pennsylvania Absentee Voters Get More Time

Tuesday's deadline pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy.


Congratulations, there is a silver lining. Hurricane Sandy has pushed back the clocks, at least when it comes to the state's absentee voters.

According to reports on philly.com, Gov. Tom Corbett has extended the deadline for Pennsylvania's absentee voters to get in their votes. Originally set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, the new timed deadline is now pushed back to Thursday at 5 p.m.

Corbett gave voters each day back that the county offices were closed due to Hurricane Sandy.

In order to file for an absentee vote, a voter must show up in person at the county's election offices. Those in Bucks County should visit the County Courthouse in Doylestown.

The absentee application is available by clicking here. It will download as a pdf file, so you will need Adobe Reader. A free copy is available for download on the voter site. It can also be picked up at municipal offices, libraries and the state liquor stores in each town of Montgomery County.

Absentee voters can also ask for one on the spot, fill it out and return it all in one visit. They will be unable to mail their ballots later, according to reports.

"It will be too late to use that extended deadline to send an absentee ballot through the mail, because Corbett said he was not extending the Friday deadline for completed absentee ballots to arrive at county election offices," said the philly.com article.

Federal law defines those eligible for absentee ballots as anyone unable to physically attend their usual election day polling place. 

"With the exception of absentee voters who have a disability or who are overseas, all absentee ballots must be delivered to the County Board of Elections either in person or through the U. S. Postal Service," said the Bucks County Board of Elections web page. "Absentee Ballots delivered by any other means for absentee voters who do not have a disability will not be accepted or counted by the County Board of Elections."

For more information on absentee voting, visit the Bucks County Board of Elections page or call 215-348-6154.


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