Here’s what you need to know for today’s election

It’s Primary Election Day! After delays to Pennsylvania’s primary because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the polls will open in a few minutes at 7 a.m., and remain open until 8 p.m. For those of you who decided to vote by mail, Governor Tom Wolf has extended the deadline to return vote-by-mail ballots until 8 p.m. June 9 in six counties, including Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. Officials say more than 700,000 mail-in and absentee ballots have not been received. That means voters in the 7th Senatorial District will have an additional week to return ballots by mail, however I recommend returning the ballots as soon as possible. Click here to find a list of locations where you can return ballots in the Philadelphia region. You can also drop off your mail-in ballot at your county election office. For Pennsylvania residents outside of the southeastern region, visit for more information on locations. The governor’s order is a part of a disaster emergency declaration issued in response to the civil unrest in and around some of Pennsylvania’s larger cities. I am heartbroken, but I want to make sure the destruction doesn’t stop us from fighting for a better future. If you did not get a mail-in ballot and are headed to the polls today, we ask that you stay safe, practice social distancing and follow public health guidelines at your polling place. Because of the coronavirus, polling operations have been consolidated and you may have a different polling place than you have gone to in the past. Please be sure to find your polling place before you head out.

Find Your Polling Place

Finally, if your ballot was lost, damaged or destroyed, you can vote in person at your polling place on election day using a provisional ballot. You can click the button above to find out where you’d go to submit a provisional ballot. Stay up to date with the latest information on the pandemic at Please do your part to help stop the spread of the virus. Stay safe, stay at home, and don’t forget to wash your hands!  Keeping your distance can break the chain of COVID-19 infection. Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you.  Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19.   Montgomery County is doing the same.  Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease:  Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  What are the symptoms of coronavirus?  Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath  

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.   What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor 
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Clean your hands often 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items 
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday 

For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations. Read more: CDC recommendations on getting tested for coronavirus  Coronavirus Information Sheet - click to download.

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