HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is launching the website where voters for the first time can request the newly legalized mail-in ballots ahead of the state's April 28 primary election, officials said Tuesday.
The mail-in ballots, part of an election reform law signed in October by Gov. Tom Wolf, now allow all voters to vote by mail for any reason, unless they qualify for an absentee ballot.
Online applicants must supply a driver's license number or an identification card number issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as well as their name, address, phone number and email address.
Prospective voters can also use the site to apply for an absentee ballot, and they will be asked questions to determine whether they qualify for one.
The deadline for county election offices to receive applications is 5 p.m. on April 21.
Voters can also download and print the application and mail it to their county election office, or apply in person.
Wolf pushed for the new mail-in ballots as a way to get more people to vote. However, some county election offices are warning that they do not have enough staff to count all of the mail-in ballots on election nights.
Ballots may not be finalized until several weeks before the April 28 primary election, and will be mailed out after that, officials say.
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