PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania’s secretary of state answered questions Friday about the upcoming general election and the wildly popular mail-in ballots.
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said there have been 2.7 million mail-in or absentee ballots approved statewide, and so far, 26% of them have been returned.
She is urging all voters who requested mail-in ballots to return them this week to avoid any delays in the mail.
But, Boockvar added, if you asked for a mail-in ballot and changed your mind and want to vote in person, you can do that.
“When you get your ballot in the mail, hold on to it, hold on the whole thing, the ballot, and the envelopes. Go on Nov. 3 to your polling place, stand in line like everybody else, when you get to the poll workers, hand in your whole ballot and the outer envelopes and just say, ‘I want to surrender my mail-in ballot and I want to vote in person,’ ” she explained.
Marus Brown of the Department of Homeland Security joined Boockvar and said he can guarantee that this will be a safe and secure voting season.
Brown said this is not the first time that concerns like voter fraud, rigged elections and threats of violence have been raised, and police and elections officials are prepared.
Brown also said if you have any issues at a polling place, first contact election officials on site, and then contact local law enforcement.