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Mail-In Voting in Pennsylvania in 2020 - How To Apply to Do It

Maren is concerned that the vote suppressors will ruin your chance to be heard. If in person voting does not meet your needs, do mail-in.

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No Reason Is Needed to Choose “Vote By Mail” in PA

In Pennsylvania, you may vote safely by mail WITHOUT giving any reason or excuse. It is your right as a registered voter.

Here’s how to do the super easy option of MAIL-IN voting (not absentee voting.)

Pennsylvanians have two choices. Choosing the one called "mail in" is the easier, simpler way to go.

If You Are Already Registered to Vote in PA

This article guides someone who is registered to vote. If you need to know how to register to vote online, go here:

https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

PA Voting in Autumn 2020

Coronavirus has changed all sorts of activities, including where and how polling will happen.

Since the U.S. Presidential election is nearly here, this article explains how to vote without standing in a line with others or being inside a building which may not have enough protection from respiratory spread of disease.

Sadly, there is a lot of baloney from some folks trying to discourage and suppress voters from being heard.

They truly do not want the will of the people to be known. They will try all sorts of tricks – such as tampering with the speed of postal services.

So, the time to apply for your mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania is NOW.

Supplies Needed for Mail-In Ballot – Applying and Voting

1. Computer, or tablet, or phone which receives email AND can access Internet sites.

2. Driver’s License or PennDOT ID card.

3. A mail address where you receive United States Postal Service (paper) mail.

4. A black or blue pen for completing the paper ballot when it arrives. FOR THE 2020 ELECTION, NO POSTAGE STAMP IS NEEDED TO RETURN THE PENNSYLVANIA MAIL IN BALLOT.

The time to apply for your PA mail in ballot is NOW!

Step 1 – Gathering Your Information and Getting to the Online Application Site

Have supplies 1 through 3 handy. Go online to

https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin

Don't be put off by the word “Absentee.” These directions are for both of Pennsylvanians’ very easy options - Mail-In and Absentee.

The page title under the picture is BALLOT REQUEST APPLICATION.

The page has several paragraphs which you should totally by-pass.

Go to the bottom of the screen and click on the “I’m Not a Robot” box. Then click on the blue button “Begin your application.”

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Step 2 – How to Select Easy Mail-In Ballot Option

On the new screen, check NO for the question about being an overseas or military civilian.

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When you do that, two more questions will pop into this screen. Answer NO for both additional questions. Then click on the Continue button.

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Step 3 – Your Personal Information

The next screen is about you. Complete the blanks in Applicant Information. Copy everything EXACTLY as it is shown on your Driver’s License or PennDot ID card.

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It is optional to provide your phone number or email address, but . . .

I highly recommend providing your email.

When you give an email address, you get notifications about where your application, and then later, your ballot, is in the county election system.

Below is a screen photo of the easy, simple screens you will complete to finalize your online application for a mail-in ballot.

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Step 4 – Keep Checking Your Status

Staying informed is easy and important.

RA-voterregstatcert is the sender name that appeared in my email Inbox with the Subject Line PA Ballot Application. This email informed me that my county had received my online application.

Within 24 hours of the first email, I received another one from sender STSVCOMP001. This subject line was Your Ballot Application Has Been Processed. This acknowledged that they owe me a paper ballot in a timely manner.

Part of the email stated:

“The <name of county> County Election Office has processed your ballot application on <date.>

Your application status is: Approved.

If your application was approved, you will receive an email when your ballot is mailed, which will occur in September or October. You can also check the status at the following Department of State link: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/BallotTracking.aspx

If you have questions about your ballot application, please contact <name of county> at <phone number.>

Thank you.”

SAVE THIS EMAIL WITH ITS LINK.

At this link, you can track many events as they occur:

  1. Ballot type (You want this to say MAIL-IN)
  2. Which Election (You want 2020 GENERAL ELECTION)
  3. Application received date
  4. Application processed date
  5. Ballot mailed on date (This is the date the Election Office mailed it TO you)
  6. Ballot received date
  7. Status (A few days after you have mailed or dropped off your completed ballot, you want this to say VOTE RECORDED)

Step 5 - Voting

As soon as you receive your Pennsylvania paper ballot through the United States Postal Service, complete it within 24 hours and get it in the mail or take it to an official drop off location.

Follow all directions exactly.

Use the color ink required. Make all marks very dark and clear.

There are two envelopes: a first inside one and the actual outside one, follow all directions and what to do. https://hubpages.com/politics/4-Things-You-Must-Do-to-Get-Your-Pennsylvania-Vote-By-Mail-Counted-Two-Envelopes-and-Sign-the-Back-PA-Ballot

Be hyper-vigilant about getting your mail-in ballot to a safe mailbox, post office, County Election Office, or official drop off point.

Sadly, there are many legislators and others who do not want all American voters to be heard. Yes, it is disgusting that they do not believe in democracy, but you can move quickly and efficiently so that getting any danger of returning your vote too close to the deadline does not happen.

A black or blue pen is needed to complete the paper ballot when it arrives. This is because they using electronic scanning equipment to record your votes.

FOR THE 2020 ELECTION, NO POSTAGE STAMP IS NEEDED TO RETURN THE PENNSYLVANIA MAIL IN BALLOT.

The paper outer envelope is pre-stamped with postage.

We Pennsylvanians are also waiting to learn whether safe “drop boxes” will be located around our state for voters to deposit their paper mail in ballots. This is a solution for the politically-motivated cuts to the Post Office budget right before an election during a pandemic. So far, it looks as though each county need provide only one drop box.

As soon as you receive your Pennsylvania paper ballot through the United States Postal Service, complete it within 24 hours and immediately get it in the mail or take it to an official drop off location.

The Deadline, But . . .

Here is the deadline for getting your mail-in paper ballot to the Election Office. This information was taken from an official webpage accessed on September 13, 2020.

"Your voted ballot must be received in your county election office by 8:00 PM on 11/03/2020. [Emphasis added.] A late application will not be accepted, even if it was postmarked before the deadline."

Because the Postmaster General, Mr. DeJoy, is currently doing things to slow down mail delivery and to impede efficient mail processing, I strongly advise that you either hand deliver or mail your ballot within 24 hours after you complete it.

This election is for the soul of the country.


A Comment

Pennsylvania does have an option of going online and printing a paper application instead of just completing the application process online.

It sounds crazy. I don’t know why anyone would want to do it this way. Using your computer to print out a paper application which you then must mail and will waste valuable time, when you can enter all your data on a computer and BOOM! It is accepted within 24 hours.

More useful Websites

https://www.votespa.com/Resources/Pages/Contact-Your-Election-Officials.aspx

https://www.nbcnews.com/specials/plan-your-vote-state-by-state-guide-voting-by-mail-early-in-person-voting-election/index.html?cid=bc_npd_nn_ms_np-1_200816&bsft_eid=6216e9c2-6dc3-4f8d-b2f0-bc3c6e06d2d8&bsft_aaid=62e64369-f1fd-44fc-aea6-39714ebb5d80&utm_campaign=uptake-2020-08-27&utm_source=blueshift&utm_medium=email&utm_content=uptake-2020-08-27&bsft_clkid=79f4d906-1341-48cd-9c98-47e46886019b&bsft_uid=d6f396d8-952f-4162-bf9b-0f42102d2252&bsft_mid=a93bb360-d25a-4490-8f4b-1ab02f80962e&bsft_ek=2020-08-27T20%3A05%3A40Z&bsft_mime_type=html

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2020 Maren Elizabeth Morgan

Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on September 02, 2020:

@Maren Elizabeth Morgan, Unfortunately, no. We have to work on that day. But the school children get the day off as most of the polling centres are held in the schools because they are the only places in the community that have the space. It seems to work find.

We never have any issues with boxes getting misplaced and there are a lot of double checks in place so a vote doesn't get lost.

That would really be great for many workers if it got passed. I'm sure some find it difficult to get out and vote especially if you live further away from the polling station.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on September 02, 2020:

Sangre, Sp Greaney - if it works, that's EXCELLENT. IS it a national holiday? Our good politicians want to make election day a holiday so that more people can take the time to vote, but the bad folks are blocking that becoming a law. The bad folks do not want "majority rule" - they are so selfish - like bullies.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on September 02, 2020:

@Maren Elizabeth Morgan. Nope, it's all done over one day. The polling station opens at 7am and they close at 10pm. We are also still relying on paper votes. They then spend 2 to 3 days in the main count centres counting the paper votes. Very old school. But it seems to work for Ireland.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on September 01, 2020:

Ken Burgess, thank you for your continued discussion on this critical issue. I agree with you that safe, secure alternatives to in-person voting must be made available in EVERY state. I'd like to see a uniform policy in all our states and territories.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on September 01, 2020:

Sangre, Sp Greaney - I hope that Ireland will consider more options for the sake of getting everyone's safe participation. Do you have several days in which to vote? Some of our states have that. Mine does not. :-(

Sp Greaney from Ireland on September 01, 2020:

Sadly we don't have this options in Ireland for residents or even for people who live abroad. It was discussed many times in the past by the government but they won't it set up. I think it is a more convenient way to vote.

Ken Burgess from Florida on September 01, 2020:

Thank you for the link, I disagree with the premise however.

I think mail-in voting is far more susceptible to fraud, forgery, or loss than a secure website.

For instance when completing a Mortgage transaction the bank sends a secure link, that I have to create a password for, and then verify.

For registered voters, I am sure some form of verification and then confirmation can be created.

This wouldn't "disenfranchise" those who do not register, or cannot be verified in some fashion,if they are given a provisional ballot, much in the way the system has always worked.

That would be the trickier part.

In today's world it has to be a very small percentage that does not have access to a cellphone or computer, that would actually go out of their way to vote. For them keeping poll places available is a good alternative.

The mail-in ballot is the worst of all ideas imaginable IMO, literally tens of thousands of votes can simply be dumped by just a handful of dishonest Post Office employees.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on September 01, 2020:

Ken Burgess, Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia are trying it. Here is an excellent article describing concerns why voting is a little different than an online retail purchase. politico.com/news/2020/06/08/online-voting-304013

Ken Burgess from Florida on September 01, 2020:

Here is the question that has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while.

We can do taxes online, buy items online, renew registrations online, complete mortgages online, etc.

Why hasn't there been a method developed to vote online?

Isn't that a way we can ensure the deceased do not vote, wouldn't that resolve the very concerns so many complain about?

Your vote wouldn't get lost in the mail, it wouldn't get stolen and filled in by another, it couldn't be misplaced by the polling place.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on September 01, 2020:

C.J.Kelly - thank you so much!

CJ Kelly from the PNW on August 31, 2020:

Great job. Important info. I'm sharing on all my social media.