Different and Fewer Polling Places. Hand Ballots. Election Day in Delaware County Will Be Different

Delaware County Councilwoman Christine Reuther speaks at a March press conference. With her are (behind, left) are Dr. George Avetian, DO, Delaware County senior medical advisor and Timothy Boyce, director of emergency services. Image via Media News Group File Photo.

The Pennsylvania Primary Election in Delaware County June 2 will have 238 fewer polling places because of COVID-19 health and staffing concerns, writes Kathleen E. Carey for the Daily Times.

Precincts will stay the same, however.

Voters who opt to visit the polls in lieu of using a mail-in ballot won’t be using new voting machines as  planned. Instead, they will cast their vote on a paper ballot by hand. That will cause a three-day delay for election results.

Older poll workers who have worked Election Day in the past are staying home this year out of concern for the coronavirus. That’s triggered a staff shortage and a $50 increase in pay to entice new poll workers and judges of elections.

Anyone interested in working at the polls on Election Day can email DelcoElection@co.delaware.pa.us, writing “I can work on Election Day” in the subject line. There will be PPE for Election Board workers.

“A lot of people are going to see their polling place moved,” said County Councilmember Christine Reuther. “People will be receiving a postcard from the county if their polling location changed.”

Read more about how the pandemic is altering the upcoming Primary Election here.

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