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By now you probably know the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has postponed Pennsylvania’s Primary to June 2.
To help protect public health and help mitigate the spread of the disease, Senator Hughes and other public officials suggest voting by mail or absentee ballot. Mail in ballots are much simpler to obtain, and unlike absentee ballots, do not require a reason for choosing that voting option. Registered voters simply must request a mail-in ballot before May 26 and return the ballot before Election Day on June 2.
The process for absentee ballots is a bit more complicated and requires a documentable reason to vote using an absentee ballot. Those who may apply for absentee ballots include registered voters with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place, inmates who haven’t been convicted of a felony, college students who are not registered to vote at their school address, people whose work may take them away from the municipality where they vote, members of the military and those who may have a conflict as a result of the observance of a religious holiday.
As you can see, voting by mail is the easier way to vote without having to go to the polls. A voter can simply apply to vote by mail ahead of the application deadline and receive a ballot to submit to county election authorities.
Don’t let Democracy Die! Voting is as important now as it has ever been. We cannot let the pandemic prevent us from exercising our right to vote and protecting our democracy.
Stay up to date with the latest information on the pandemic at senatorhughes.com/coronavirus. 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!
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:
- 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