Bucks Election Office Starts Sending Out Mail-In, Absentee Ballots

Bucks County Board of Elections Director Tom Freitag and a Peace Officer seal Doylestown Ballot Box. Photo via Bucks County.

The first batch of mail-in ballots are on their way to homes throughout Bucks County.

Election officials sent out 30,000 mail-in and absentee ballots Wednesday. They plan to distribute up to 18,000 more per day until each voter who requested a ballot receives one.

So far, the county says 160,000 people have requested a mail-in or absentee ballot. Each ballot will take between two to five days from the day they are sent out to arrive.

At the stated rate, each voter who has already requested a ballot should receive it by about October 22.

However, voters are still requesting mail-in ballots and these may arrive later. Bucks voters can request a mail-in or absentee ballot at buckscounty.org/2020election.

Anyone who chooses to vote with a mail-in ballot must follow all the instructions.

“You must include the ballot in the secrecy envelope. If it is not included in the secrecy envelope, it cannot be counted in this county or any other county in this Commonwealth,” said County Commissioner Bob Harvie. “We’re not allowed to even look at it.”

Votes must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3 and arrive by Friday, November 6 to count.

Additionally, Bucks voters can now use the new the on-demand voting service. This allows them to request their ballot in person at a government office, fill it out, and return it immediately to the Board of Elections.

Chief Clerk Gail Humphrey said the option is available to any voter who has not yet requested a mail-in or absentee ballot.

“I did it myself. It went very well, it was very easy,” said Humphrey. “I went home and I joked to my family that it was almost like getting my flu shot. I did it and I’m done.”

The last day to register to vote is October 19. Those who wish to register can do so at votespa.com or here.