State to cover postage for mail-in, absentee ballots for November election

State to cover postage for mail-in, absentee ballots for November election
FILE - In this May 27, 2020 file photo, a worker processes mail-in ballots at the Bucks County Board of Elections office prior to the primary election in Doylestown, Pa. Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump's fate in the November election. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) (Matt Slocum)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A postage-paid ballot-return envelope will be included with the ballot for voters choosing to vote through a mail-in or absentee ballot for the November election.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, the agency will provide the funding to cover the postage. Agency officials are working with county election offices to figure out the easiest way to put this program in place ahead of the general election.

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All eligible voters in the state have the option of voting by mail-in ballot without having to provide an excuse. In the June primary, nearly 1.5 million Pennsylvanians cast their vote by mail or absentee ballot.

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“Our goal is to make voting as accessible, safe, and easy for eligible voters as possible,” Secretary Kathy Boockvar said. “Mail-in or absentee voting with prepaid postage means Pennsylvanians can vote from the comfort of their own home, without having to make a trip to the post office to buy a stamp, during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Voters can apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot online, in person at their county election office or by paper forms submitted by mail.

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