Not too long ago, “1000’s of Lancaster County voters could have been stunned a letter from the county’s voter registration workplace,” LNP | LancasterOnline’s Carter Walker reported for the Feb. 14 version. “They had been despatched to voters who, once they utilized for a mail-in poll in 2020, checked the field indicating that they wished to vote mail in each election.”
Pennsylvania’s Act 77 of 2019, which laudably made it simpler than ever for the state’s residents to register to vote and solid their ballots, ended up on the middle of final yr’s information way over anybody dreamed it would.
Its extension of no-excuse mail-in voting as an choice for all Pennsylvanians proved fortuitous, as that allowed tens of millions of residents to vote safely from house, as a substitute of venturing out to polling locations the place social distancing may need been tough to keep up throughout this pandemic.
In the meantime, Act 77, and particularly its implementation of mail-in voting, acquired nationwide focus earlier than and after the 2020 presidential election. It was a central factor of the misinformation and false narratives surrounding the Massive Lie of election fraud that was propagated former President Donald Trump, who misplaced each Pennsylvania and the nationwide Electoral School vote to President Joe Biden.
The realities are that Act 77 labored as meant — serving because the voter-friendly, democracy-boosting reform it was meant to be when it handed with bipartisan assist within the Common Meeting — and Pennsylvania’s election was held in a free and honest method, surviving a number of court docket challenges that falsely claimed in any other case.
Now it’s time for Act 77 to proceed to make voting simpler and extra environment friendly in Pennsylvania.
As LNP | LancasterOnline’s Walker identified in his current article, letters titled “annual request to vote mail” had been mailed to 76,473 voters, greater than 20% of the entire variety of registered voters in Lancaster County.
These letters are 100% legit.
Nonetheless, voters is perhaps questioning why they’re being requested to fill out one other type, once they have already signed as much as completely obtain a poll utility mail.
“As we’ve been joking, saying ‘completely’ means ‘annual,’ ” Diane Skilling, interim chief clerk of voter registration in Lancaster County, advised Walker.
Skilling defined that Act 77 really requires Pennsylvania voters to affirm yearly that they need a mail-in poll to be despatched to them.
“That’s the way in which the regulation was written. ‘Everlasting’ solely means for (that yr’s main and basic elections) and each county is required to place a renew letter within the mail the primary Monday of February,” Skilling mentioned.
So for those who acquired a type of renewal letters from the county and also you need to proceed voting mail, please go forward and fill it out and return it.
“Voters who acquired the county letter should reply Could 11, the Tuesday earlier than the Could 18 main election,” Walker wrote. “The letter features a type the voter can fill out earlier than returning it to the Lancaster County Voter Registration Workplace positioned on the primary flooring of the Lancaster County Authorities Heart at 150 N. Queen St. in Lancaster.”
Voters who don’t return their renewal type Could 11 won’t routinely obtain a mail-in poll for the first and basic elections this yr. However they will nonetheless vote in particular person.
Whether or not you vote in particular person or mail this yr, an important factor, after all, is that you just vote.