Bulk of Pa. mail ballots returned by midday

By: - November 2, 2021 9:49 pm

Pennsylvania counties sent out more than 1 million mail ballots ahead of the Nov. 2 election, according to new data from the Department of State.

Of those ballots, 89 percent were no-excuse, mail-in ballots; 11 percent were absentee ballots. Voters had until 8 p.m. on Tuesday to return their ballots to their county elections office or a secure ballot drop box.

The Nov. 2 municipal election was the fourth in which counties operated with the no-excuse, mail-in voting option, and Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid said counties and voters are “perfecting their processes” under the provision.

Degraffenreid said that about 73 percent — more than 700,000 — of the total number of mail-in and absentee ballots sent to voters were returned by midday on Tuesday.

“Those numbers are as of earlier today, and so, we believe that those numbers are going to increase,” she said during a Tuesday night press conference.

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Marley Parish
Marley Parish

A Pennsylvania native, Marley Parish covers the Senate for the Capital-Star. She previously reported on government, education and community issues for the Centre Daily Times and has a background in writing, editing and design. A graduate of Allegheny College, Marley served as editor of the campus newspaper, where she also covered everything from student government to college sports.