Tuesday’s primary comes with ‘unprecedented challenges,’ says Pa. secretary of state

By KYW Newsradio 1060
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — On the eve of what she called an election with “unprecedented progress and challenges,” Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar said her office is closely monitoring the riots in Philadelphia and other cities across the state. 

“On many levels, seemingly more by the day, this will be an election like no other,” she said.

In terms of progress, Boockvar cites increased election security and vote-by-mail options, the latter brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. But the unprecedented challenges now include both COVID-19 precautions and civil unrest. 

Boockvar said 1.8 million voters have been approved for mail-in or absentee ballots, and those ballots need to be returned in person at drop-off locations by 8 p.m. Tuesday — a postmark is not sufficient. 

She encourages patience, as results on election night will likely take longer than they have in the past. 

If you are voting in person, Boockvar advises voters to double-check their polling place, as it may have changed. 

In-person voting will have safety precautions in place. The state has provided counties with sanitary supplies, and Boockvar directs in-person voters to wear a mask, maintain a social distance, wash hands before and after voting.

You may want to bring your own black or blue ink pen, too.

Boockvar noted that the Department of State is “closely in touch” with emergency management officials and law enforcement, and it is monitoring events related to civil unrest hour by hour. 

She said it’s up to the governor to decide how the National Guard would be deployed. 

“Pennsylvania counties are as prepared for this election as they can possibly be,” she added. “We will monitor this hour by hour, day by day, and we will absolutely inform the public of any changes as soon as we become aware of any.”