Mail-in Ballot Deadline Extended to June 9

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Delaware County Courts rule in favor of Emergency Petition to extend deadline of absentee and mail-in ballots.

The Delaware County Court of Common Pleas has ruled in favor of the recent Emergency Petition filed by the Delaware County Board of Elections that sought to extend the deadline of absentee and mail-in ballots. All valid ballots postmarked by June 2, 2020, and received by the Board of Elections by June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. will be counted.

The Petition was filed in response to the Delaware County Republican Party’s challenge to the Executive Order signed by Governor Tom Wolf that extended the June 2 deadline to accommodate the surge of mail-in ballots caused by COVID-19 and recent civil disturbances.

The Court also ruled that certain voters whose ballots had not been mailed out to them by the Bureau of Elections before Election Day would have until 5:00 pm on June 12, 2020 to return their ballots to the Bureau. Those voters will receive their ballots in the mail in the next day or two. The envelope will contain a special notification with instructions for those voters. They may return their ballots in person to the Bureau of Elections or by mail (if returned by mail, the ballots must be received by the Bureau, not merely postmarked, by 5:00 pm on June 12).

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