HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) – On June 1, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order extending the deadline for county election offices in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to receive absentee or mail-in ballots by mail to 5 p.m. June 9, 2020.
According to a release, this decision was made amid a surge in mail-in ballots, the COVID-19 public health emergency and recent civil disturbances.
Additionally stated, ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
The deadline to hand deliver absentee or mail-in ballots remains 8 p.m. June 2, 2020.
“This is an unprecedented time for Pennsylvania and our nation as we face a major public health crisis and civil unrest during an election,” said Gov. Wolf. “Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and I want to ensure that voters can cast their ballot and that it is received in time.”
Full details of the release can be found below.
The last time an executive order was utilized to extend the deadline to return absentee ballots was in 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy.
Over 1.8 million Pennsylvania voters have applied for a mail ballot since the onset of COVID-19.