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Smart Talk Tuesday: Preparing for a historic Election Day

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar to address election security and planning

A voter casts their ballot on Election Day.

 Emma Lee / WHYY

A voter casts their ballot on Election Day.

The election countdown is on!

With less than 30 days to the general election there are many issues and questions facing Pennsylvania voters.

People want to know if the election will be secure, when they will know the results, and if they decide to vote in-person, can it be done safely? And for mail-in ballots – what are the deadlines?

There are certainly concerns about when election results will be tabulated. County commissioners across Pennsylvania are calling on state lawmakers to give them more time to process mailed ballots before Election Day. Right now, state law prohibits election administrators from preparing and counting ballots before 7:00 a.m. on Election Day. With the possibility of a historic number of mail-in votes, any delay in counting could delay state and even national results.

There are also new concerns about the reliability of Pennsylvania online voter services after the Department of State experienced a temporary system outage over the weekend.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss these and other related election issues are Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, along with Jonathan Marks, Deputy Secretary for elections and commissions with the Pennsylvania Department of State.

For more information on voting in Pennsylvania. 

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania released an information video titled How to Vote by Mail in Pennsylvania.


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