York County official: About 90% of mail-in ballots sent out as deadlines loom

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

Monday is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania, and the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is just eight days later on Oct. 27.

But thousands of York County voters have already requested and received their ballots, and more than 8,000 have already filled out and returned them to the county's Department of Elections and Voter Registration, county commissioner Julie Wheeler said Friday.

"We’re getting them back in droves," she said, adding that many voters are returning their ballots to the election office in person.

As of Friday evening, 8,450 voters had returned their completed mail-in ballots to the county elections office, Wheeler said.

About 80,000 mail-in ballot applications had been processed and approved for distribution by the county as of Friday, and about 90% of those, equal to about 72,000 ballots, had already been mailed out, Wheeler said.

Dillsburg-based commercial printing company Single Point Sourcing is printing, collating and mailing the ballots under a contract with the county.

Wheeler said the company is mailing the ballots in batches as they're ready to go to the post office, which means that some voters will receive their ballots before others.

After the June 2 primary, when about 40,000 people in York County voted by mail, county officials estimated that about 100,000 would vote by mail in the Nov. 3 general election.

York County assistant director of assessment Kimberly Harris inserts a mail-in ballot into a secured drop box at the York County Administration Center on East Market Street in York City, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Even with 80,000 ballot requests already processed and approved, Wheeler said there's still a steady stream of applications for mail-in ballots coming in to the county.

Voters who prefer to drop their ballot off in person at the county elections office must do so by 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

They can take the ballot to the office directly or drop it off in the designed drop box, which will be in front of the county administration building at 28 E. Market St. in York City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.

For voters who choose to return their ballot by mail, the ballot must be postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, and must be received by the county elections office by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

But there will still be voters who choose to vote at the polls, and the county is ready for that, Wheeler said.

All 161 polling locations have been secured, and the county has a full complement of more than 900 poll workers and judges of elections, she said.

"For folks that want to vote in person, we are prepared," Wheeler said.

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