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Wolf Signs Bill To Move PA Primary To June 2

Pennsylvania’s primary is officially on June 2. 

After a week plus of discussion of delaying the state’s primary due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania has followed suit like several other states and moved the previously scheduled primary from April 28 to June 2. 

“Delaying this year’s primary election as several other states have done is in the best interests of voters, poll workers and county election officials,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a release. “I commend the General Assembly for acting quickly on this critical legislation. The Department of State will continue to work with local election officials to ensure Pennsylvania has a fair and accessible election.”

Wolf signed Senate Bill 422 on Friday morning, just a few days after the legislation passed both chambers with ease. 

Pennsylvania becomes the sixth state to move their primary to June 2, joining Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, and Rhode Island. The five primaries that were originally scheduled for June 2 were New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, and the District of Columbia, will also vote on that day. 

In addition to moving the primary date, this legislation also provides “process improvements” to Act 77 of 2019, by allowing counties to begin processing and tabulating mail ballots beginning at 7 a.m. on Election Day. The release also added that the bill allows counties to temporarily consolidate polling places without court approval and “eases other rules” regarding location and staffing of polling places for the primary to “respond to county concerns about a potential shortage of poll workers and appropriate polling place locations.”

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