Tuesday, June 2, is the date of Pennsylvania’s Primary Election. Voters need to be aware of a few changes in response to the pandemic.
During a live town hall Monday morning, the Bucks County Board of Commissioners clarified all voters will need to wear masks at the polls. The only exception is for people with legitimate medical issues.
“You need to wear masks to the polls. We are in a pandemic,” said Commissioners Chair Diane Ellis-Marseglia. “People will probably be wearing their shoes, and they’ll be wearing shirts, and they need to wear a mask.”
Poll workers will be wearing masks as well. Plexiglas will separate voters from poll workers. If someone shows up to the polls without a mask, the county will provide one.
The county has the follow guidelines for people who refuse to wear a mask:
“Anyone refusing to wear a face covering will not be denied the right to vote, but will be instructed to wait outside the polling place while others vote safely inside, and will be offered a provisional ballot to be completed in the presence of a poll worker.
If the voter refuses to wear a face covering or to complete a provisional ballot, he or she must wait until poll workers can make arrangements inside for the person to vote alone with minimal or no contact with other voters and poll workers. The voter will be advised that making these arrangements could cause a significant delay in his or her ability to vote.”
Ballot Drop-Off Locations
The Bucks County Board of Elections has set up three drop-off ballot boxes to accommodate a large influx of absentee or mail-in ballots.
These come in response to voters are concerned their votes could be returned too late to be counted. Nearly 100,000 voters requested absentee or mail-in ballots for Tuesday’s primary, compared to about 6,000 in 2016.
The Lower Bucks Government Services Center located at 7321 New Falls Road in Levittown is the drop-off location for Lower Bucks. For voters who are closer to Doylestown, they can give their ballot to the Bucks County Administration Building.
These drop-off locations will remain open through 7 p.m. Monday, then be open Tuesday 6 a.m. through 6 p.m.
Bucks Sheriff’s Deputies will be guarding these drop-off locations. Voters can only place their own ballots in the box, no exceptions.