Mail-in ballots and the Pa. Primary | The Numbers Racket
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This year is a first for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. The COVID-19 pandemic has also pushed many Pennsylvanians to seek a mail-in ballot when they otherwise would have voted in person.
Curious what the demographics of those requests for mail-in ballots looks like across the state?
So were we, which is why it’s the subject of this week’s Numbers Racket.
Requests for mail-ins from registered voters
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania reports that the top five counties across the state for mail-in ballot requests in the June 2 primary were:
Allegheny County … 31.2%
Montgomery County … 27.1%
Luzerne County … 25.2%
Chester County … 24.9%
Lackawanna County … 23.8%
Statewide, the percentage of registered voters who requested a mail-in ballot for the primary was 21.3 percent.
Pennsylvania’s more rural counties made up the bottom five of requests for mail-in ballots:
Fulton County … 10%
Northumberland County … 12.3%
Warren County … 12.5%
Bradford County … 12.7%
Potter County … 13%
Mail-in ballots requested
The number of mail-in ballots requested for the June 2 primary varies greatly across Pennsylvania, but, statewide, 1,828,503 mail-in ballots were requested!
Take a look at the by-county breakdown to see how your county stacked up:
Requests for mail-in ballots by age
Statewide, the average age of voters who requested a mail-in ballot was 57.8 years old.
The three counties with the highest average age of voters who requested a mail-in ballot were:
- Forest County … 66.8 years old
- Sullivan County … 66.1 years old
- Cameron County … 65.5 years old
The three counties with the youngest average of voters who requested a mail-in ballot were:
- Philadelphia County … 51.2 years old
- Centre County … 55.4 years old
- Chester County … 55.7 years old
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