Universal masking encouraged — but not required — at Pa. polling places

By: - November 2, 2021 3:06 pm

The Pennsylvania Department of State asks that in-person voters wear a face-covering, regardless of their vaccination status. However, anyone not wearing a mask will still be allowed to vote.

“Please be advised that although we strongly encourage the use of a mask at the polling place, no one can be turned away from voting at the polls due to a lack of mask,” the York County Office of Elections reminded voters on Twitter.

Voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their ballots in person at the polls or return their mail-in or absentee ballot to their local elections office or a secure dropbox.

The Department of State, which has election oversight, also asks voters to bring a blue or black pen to mark their ballot and limit exposure to shared surfaces. Polling places across the state are urging voters to practice hand-washing and social distancing when turning out to vote in person.

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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.

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