Voter Services director corrects mail ballot inaccuracy

Noting that Pennsylvania’s election rules can be “complicated,” Lycoming County Director of Voter Services Forrest Lehman seeks to correct information the Sun-Gazette incorrectly reported in an A1 story in Tuesday’s edition.

“Mail ballots may only be returned to Voter Services to be counted — they cannot be turned in at a polling place, unless the voter is surrendering the mail ballot in order to cast an in-person vote on a precinct ballot,” Lehman explained. “Polling places are not statutorily permitted to serve as mail ballot drop-off sites.”

Here is the official wording on www.lyco.org/vote: A voter who applies to vote by mail may only vote at a polling place on Election Day by provisional ballot, unless the voter brings the official ballot and official return envelope to the polling place to surrender in order to vote by regular ballot.

Meanwhile, Lehman said voters can go online to www.lyco.org/vote to find answers to many questions about polling place changes, deadlines and other issues.

Prospective voters have until Oct. 18 to register to vote through one of the three options provided by the state.

Voters can print a voter registration application from lyco.org/vote or pick one up from the Voter Services office, fill out an online form at pavoterservices.pa.gov or participate in PennDOT’s Motor Voter program, which asks citizens if they would like to vote when they receive a driver’s license. Lehman advised voters to handle the process in-person as much as possible due to slower Postal Service deliveries.


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