Mail-In Voting Upheld by State Supreme Court

Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today said the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision upholding the constitutionality of no-excuse mail-in voting in the commonwealth assures eligible Pennsylvanians can vote by mail-in ballot in the Nov. 8 general election. 

“Act 77 of 2019, passed by the General Assembly with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Wolf, has made voting more accessible for millions of eligible voters who can request a mail-in ballot with no excuse necessary,” Chapman said. “It ensures voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote regardless of barriers such as illness, work schedules, childcare issues or other events that could hinder them from voting at the polls on Election Day.”

Applying for an absentee ballot

Registered voters have until 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 2022, to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot. Their completed ballot must be received by their local county election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

“Voting by mail-in ballot remains a popular option with voters, with a total of more than 5.3 million mail-in ballots cast in the five elections since Act 77 became law in 2020,” Chapman noted. “This historic legislation was the most expansive election reform Pennsylvania has seen in more than 80 years.”

Act 77 established annual mail-in and absentee ballot voter lists and extended by 15 additional days the period for eligible Pennsylvanians to register to vote before an election.

Shapiro statement

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement, “With this ruling, the Court has provided certainty to voters — certainty that however people cast their vote, in person or by mail, it will be counted. After two years of consistent attacks on our election system and our voters, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court stated loud and clear that Act 77, which modernized our election code, is constitutional. We must continue to stand up to attacks by those who want to pick and choose the laws to follow and the votes to count.”

Oct. 24 is the deadline for eligible Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. Voters can find other important dates on the 2022 election calendar and more election-related information at vote.pa.gov.

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