Pennsylvania Absentee Voters Get More Time

Tuesday's deadline pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy.

Congratulations, there is a silver lining. Hurricane Sandy has pushed back the clocks, at least when it comes to the state's absentee voters.

According to reports on philly.com, Gov. Tom Corbett has extended the deadline for Pennsylvania's absentee voters to get in their votes. Originally set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, the new timed deadline is now pushed back to Thursday at 5 p.m.

Corbett gave voters each day back that the county offices were closed due to Hurricane Sandy.

In order to file for an absentee vote, a voter must show up in person at the county's election offices. Those in Montgomery County should visit the County Courthouse in Norristown.

The absentee application is available by clicking here. It will download as a pdf file, so you will need Adobe Reader. A free copy is available for download on the voter site. It can also be picked up at municipal offices, libraries and the state liquor stores in each town of Montgomery County.

Absentee voters can also ask for one on the spot, fill it out and return it all in one visit. They will be unable to mail their ballots later, according to reports.

"It will be too late to use that extended deadline to send an absentee ballot through the mail, because Corbett said he was not extending the Friday deadline for completed absentee ballots to arrive at county election offices," said the philly.com article.

Federal law defines those eligible for absentee ballots as anyone unable to physically attend their usual election day polling place. 

"An individual who expects to be absent from his/her municipality on Election Day during the entire period the polls are open for voting (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) is eligible to apply for an absentee ballot," said the Montgomery County Voter Services website. "In addition, any voter who, because of illness or physical disability, is unable to attend his/her polling place or to operate a voting machine can apply for an absentee ballot."

For more information on absentee voting, visit the Montgomery County Voter Services website or call 610-278-3275.

Mr. Independent Voter October 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I'm not doing the name calling Jack, you are. As far as blame goes, however, I blame them all, Republicans and Democrats. I don't know if you ever watched the documentary called "Inside Job", Jack. But you should if you haven't seen it. Our country's problems started long before Obama, or even Bush for that matter, ever took office. The main problem is lifer politicians on both sides and all of the lobbyists there and I think we can both agree on that one. There should be term limits for them, just like there is for the president
Jack Minster October 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Romney did explain specifics during the debate with specific math. Close tax deductions for the wealthy. One figure, $25K per tax filer per year, and people can choose: college ed, mortgage interest, etc. Also reducing the marginal tax rate from the current 35% (2nd highest in the world, only to Japan, a Socialist country) to 25% (vs Obama raising to 40% + 3% Obamacare surtax) to stimulate job growth. This has worked EVERY TIME in the past. It creates jobs, increases take-home pay, and there's something else it increases... let's see if I can recall... oh yeah, TAX REVENUE. Millions of new jobs generating Billions in new taxes. The superwealthy (those evil bastards we should all resent and envy) making many millions, will now only get to write off $25K, same as the thousandaires. Romney’s historically proven reduction of the marginal tax rate does quickly stimulate the creation of millions of new jobs and increasing the tax base. Discouraging small biz owners and entrepreneurs on their way up to wealthy is also discouraging them from taking risks, expanding and creating new jobs. Me, if I were one of those on-my-way-up guys getting socked with 43% taxes - screw expanding and hiring. Democrats cannot redistribute. It simply does not work, never has, never will. No one is owed a job. You cannot make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. FAIL. OCCUPY, FORWARD, HOPE - all the same failed entitlement mindset.
Jack Minster October 31, 2012 at 09:51 PM
You and Mary Beth have said this. Term limits. I get it, I understand the sentiment. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, right? But there are very good legislators who are willing to keep on earning their pathetic Congressional salaries (they could make $millions for their families quitting public service and serving on corporate boards). There is no long line of people waiting to serve at all levels of government. It is thankless work. To those who espouse term limits I say, jump in and try it. Get your petitions signed, knock on a thousand doors, raise funds, and win yourself a small local election to start. Try it. Few want this crap. To put limits on the real talent in government isn't necessarily a good thing. Your best bet is to dig deep, really understand what is going on, and vote out the bad ones, keeping the good ones. You want to change a Party, change the system, change the world. It starts with changing yourself. Dig deeper.
Robert Applegarth November 01, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Mr. Independent Voter, can you tell me where it was that you, Obama, Clinton and Gore served their country which make them qualified to be Commander-in-Chief? I seem to have misplaced their military records of achievements and duty stations. Thanks.
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Mr. Independent, in order: Are you a Bain shareholder spending your one proxy vote on the CEO of Bain, or a voter comparing the benefits and governance records of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? Are you in favor of our CEO/CFO/COO offshoring nearly 2 Trillion in debt to China? Romney said he would turn around a budget deficit of several Billion in Mass, improve their education system, and make sure all Mass residents got health insurance. He left Mass with a budget surplus, students scoring highest in the nation, and got everyone insured without a full government takeover of healthcare and without raising taxes. Obama made many promises, including "I will cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term or I'm a one-term President," and he about doubled the deficit and is asking for another term with no policy changes. What was that about flip-flopping? Mitt Romney said in the debates that a nuclear Iran is our number one enemy in the world. Not Russia. You are mistaken or lying. Citizens of Mass returned Senator Ted Kennedy to office for 46 years after law enforcement found Ted complicit in the death of a 28-year girl with whom he left a party. Do you care about their approval rating, or of Romney's actual performance record? Romney did not run for re-election in Mass because he was running for President. Obamacare is a failure and 50% of doctors are no longer accepting Medicare NOW. When you're old, what percentage will? Think, man, think.
Marybeth November 01, 2012 at 02:04 AM
IV I will watch that film. Thanks for the tip. I agree both sides are responsible and appreciate you saying as much. Too many posters blame it all on one side which is not even remotely true as the facts show but it makes for great soundbites. Jack it would show a lot of leadership if Republican's would champion term limits too. I disagree that the real talent is in place. I would say that there is just the opposite - that is one reason I am voting for Romney this time. He has practical and real world experience instead of being a lawyer or career politician. If we had term limits, doing what is right would be easier. There would be less campaigning and more work getting done. More people would be willing to give it a shot for a term or two. As it stands incumbents have all the advantages by the system they put in place. Show you are leaders. Show us all Congress can lead. No more raises or benefits or perks. It starts with those in power. Also, someone needs to get it started same with the balanced budget amendment which sadly Casey and Obama do not support. We have problems. Time to focus on the solutions with people who actually understand them and how to read or create a budget.
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Marybeth, I think you may find this piece fairly shows the current state of Congressional term limits: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/207223-romney-gop-led-house-at-odds-on-congressional-term-limits You will probably be pleased to learn that your Presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports this, as does the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner. President Obama opposes term limits.
Abraham November 01, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Jack, from your 4:08pm post: Romney-Ryan's job plan will work because these changes made in the past by Reagan and Bush each generated millions of new jobs, historical record, go check the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. But no, you are an Obama supporter. You run from facts like you hair is on fire." In reality, a president can do nothing to affect job growth/loss during their first few months in office. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Carter 7/77 to 6/81 8.994M 187K/Month Reagan 7/81 to 6/89 16.509M 172K/Month Bush 7/89 to 6/93 2.673M 56K/Month Clinton 7/93 to 6/01 21.383M 223K/Month Bush 7/01 to 6/09 1.554M 16K/Month Obama 7/09 to 9/12 2.997M 77K/Month Wow, Carter (I'm sure you would say the worst president ever before Obama) and Clinton had the best average job growth over the past nearly 40 years. Reagan did well, but GW Bush, the other "private sector, business guy, MBA" president of recent decades had the worst - by far. Gee, facts suck, huh?
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Abraham, MYTH: We can only cut taxes if we cut spending by the same amount; otherwise, tax cuts will reduce revenue and cause deficits. FACT: Historically tax cuts have always paid for themselves. Federal revenue increased after JFK tax cuts, after Reagan tax cuts, after Clinton tax cuts, after Bush tax cuts. The problem has been runaway spending. Total federal spending has not dropped once in over 40 years—not once: · Under LBJ revenue grew by 25%, spending grew by 24%. · Under Nixon revenue grew by 17%, spending grew by 21%. · Under Ford revenue grew by 11%, spending grew by 22%. · Under Carter revenue grew by 20%, spending grew by 13%. · Under Reagan revenue grew by 15%, spending grew by 25%. · Under Bush Sr. revenue grew by 17%, spending grew by 18%. · Under Clinton revenue grew by 35%, spending grew by 9%. · Under GW revenue grew by 10%, spending grew by 25%. Stop spending = surplus, taxes could be even lower than they are now, and we could start paying off the debt. The problem isn’t being taxed enough. It's spending. MYTH: Raising taxes in the 1990s caused the boom years of that decade. This proves that raising taxes leads to economic growth. FACT: Tax cuts, not tax hikes, caused the boom years of the 1990s. The economy grew modestly after Clinton raised taxes in 1993, but exploded after Clinton signed the tax cuts that were passed by the Republican-controlled Congress in 1997.
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Abraham you support Dems. And so, according to President Kennedy: Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget — just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits. Surely the lesson of the last decade is that budget deficits are not caused by wild-eyed spenders but by slow economic growth and periodic recessions, and any new recession would break all deficit records. In short, it is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now. The experience of a number of European countries and Japan have borne this out. This country's own experience with tax reduction in 1954 has borne this out. And the reason is that only full employment can balance the budget, and tax reduction can pave the way to that employment. The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus. (http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkeconomicclubaddress.html)
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 02:57 AM
JFK rejected the idea that we can borrow and spend our way out of tough economic times. Instead, he argued for tax cuts, including corporate tax cuts: But the most direct and significant kind of federal action aiding economic growth is to make possible an increase in private consumption and investment demand — to cut the fetters which hold back private spending. In the past, this could be done in part by the increased use of credit and monetary tools, but our balance of payments situation today places limits on our use of those tools for expansion. It could also be done by increasing federal expenditures more rapidly than necessary, but such a course would soon demoralize both the government and our economy. . . . The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrents to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system — and this administration pledged itself last summer to an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes to be enacted and become effective in 1963. . . . Corporate tax rates must also be cut to increase incentives and the availability of investment capital. The government has already taken major steps this year to reduce business tax liability and to stimulate the modernization, replacement, and expansion of our productive plant and equipment. (http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkeconomicclubaddress.html)
missdirection1111 November 01, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Anyone who would reverse Roe v. Wade won't get my vote. Ever. Never. Until you have been personally affected by the crime of rape, Roe v. Wade, you won't understand the need for options.
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Mitt Romney has said consistently that he would not be in favor of restricting abortion for pregnancies resulting from rape, incest, or which endanger the life of the mother. Obama called an unborn baby "a fetus outside of the womb." Here is the actual audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=YUkbuhXzbvI&feature=endscreen In the Illinois senate, legislation was introduced after Jill Stanek testified in 1999 that, while working as a nurse at Christ Hospital in Illinois, infants who survived induced abortions were being left to die in a utility room. Yet who among us feels it is acceptable to toss a healthy baby into a closet to die, and would support a law which stops medical personnel on the scene from giving the healthy baby water and a warm blanket, some formula and a diaper and a soft pad to lay on? Obama. He voted for this four times. Must-see short clip from a botched abortion survivor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwFIEprF_9Y Anyone who supports killing live breathing babies will never get my vote. Ever. Never.
Marybeth November 01, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Abraham, are you another one who likes to pin all the blame or credit on one person. Weren't Obama and Casey and Specter and Biden in the Senate during Bush's terms? What were they doing all that time? Can you provide any voting records that shows they voted no on the budgets that are the cause of the so called bad Bush economy. If you were my son, I would tell you to grow up and learn what accountability means. For anyone who was in Congress to say it was soley the President's fault is flat out lying. Can you show us where in the Constition the President can do it all by himself. But since you brought it up, if Obama is doing such a great job at job creation, why after 4 straight years of trillion dollar spending deficits do we still have 23 million unemployed and 47 million on food stamps. And how come federal income tax revenues were the highest ever in 2007? You know what sucks more than facts....people who blame others for their actions! Obama and Casey are responsible for their budget votes to create this debt.
Mr. Independent Voter November 01, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Robert Applegarth, I wore the uniform and served my country honorably, did you?
MarpleResident November 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Mr. Independent Voter doesn't want to admit he/she is an uneducated Liberal Progressive that hates everything this beautiful county represents, always concerned with what other people earn and just wants free stuff. Mr. Independent Voter is everything that is wrong with this country. This election isn't about liking Mitt Romney or wanting a Republican in office, it is about saving this country from an out-of-control government, your freedoms being taken away every Executive Order signing, your children NOT forced to pay for reckless, wasteful spending and freedom and opportunity for future generations. Did Mr. Independent Voter claim he/she is a veteran? Documentation showing President Obama watched Americans being attacked / killed in “real time” in Benghazi and ignored their numerous calls for help. Again, President Obama watched Americans being attacked/killed in “real time” in Benghazi and ignored their numerous calls for help. If a veteran can still vote for Obama after he watched our citizens being murdered by terrorists, he /she is a disgrace. If President Obama will watch a US Ambassador and military personnel being attacked, tortured, killed, dead bodies drug through the streets (photographed in world newspapers) by terrorists, just imagine what Obama will let happen to you and your children. Obama watched Americans die, lied, covered it up and campaigned hours later in Las Vegas, NV.
MarpleResident November 01, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Mr. Independent Voter is a Liberal Progressive that hates everything this beautiful county represents, always concerned with what other people earn and just wants free stuff. Mr. Independent Voter is everything that is wrong with this country. This election isn't about liking Mitt Romney or wanting a Republican in office, it is about saving this country from an out-of-control government, your freedoms being taken away every Executive Order signing, your children NOT forced to pay for reckless, wasteful spending and freedom and opportunity for future generations. Did Mr. Independent Voter claim he/she is a veteran? Documentation showing President Obama watched Americans being attacked / killed in “real time” in Benghazi and ignored their numerous calls for help. Again, President Obama watched Americans being attacked/killed in “real time” in Benghazi and ignored their numerous calls for help. If a veteran can still vote for Obama after he watched out people being murdered, he /she is a disgrace. If President Obama will watch a US Ambassador and military personnel being attacked, tortured, killed, dead bodies drug through the streets (and photographed) by terrorists, just imagine what Obama will let happen to you and your children when he isn't running for re-election. Obama watched Americans die, lied, covered it up and campaigned in Las Vegas, NV.
Mr. Independent Voter November 01, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Marple, you are a disgrace! You don't know me from Adam to talk the BS about me that you're posting here.You have no idea what my education level is or anything else about me for that matter, so you can shove all of your insults up your Marple behind. At least I'm trying to be civilized and state my views without insults or personal attacks on others or their beliefs, and can agree to disagree without malice, can you?. As far as veterans views of politicians, we don't like any of them, in either party, so don't assume that you know my political stances either. You're full of assumptions and BS by attacking me and my character when you don't even know me. Where's this documentation you're talking about so I can read it, because I read documentation about a mid level CIA official denying the aid request that never made it to Leon Panetta or the president. RNC chair Priebus then blamed Panetta on national TV without proof to back it up. Are you republicans, or even democrats for that matter, capable of debate without insulting people, because they don't agree with your positions.
Bruce Good November 01, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Well, I breezed through all these comments quickly, but I think it's safe to say that there was a lot of time wasted posting it all ... doubt if any minds were changed, and throwing insults back and forth accomplishes little.
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 03:48 PM
In the closest factual response to “Did Obama watch the Benghazi attack, and was he the bottom line in denying help to our forces on the ground?” Lt Anthony Schaffer reported a resounding “Yes” to this question. Lt. Anthony Schaffer reports that “his sources on the ground’ report not only was Obama watching the developments in Benghazi, but Obama is the one who would have told Panetta to “stand down” and also—and here is the key, Obama would have also been the one to deny Tyrone Woods’ pleas for help as he courageously made his stand. At the Pentagon Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters that the U.S. government knew too little about what was going on in Benghazi and therefore couldn’t deploy forces to defend our consulate and personnel. That Obama in the Situation Room had live streaming video of the attack is key. Staff sources will continue to state this more openly, after the election. Regardless, within two hours of the initial attack, leaked emails prove Obama and the State Department knew with certainty that this was an organized Al Qaeda attack with RPGs and over 100 terrorists executing a well-planned operation. Yet Team Obama spent weeks on television (including Hillary) blaming America, condemning a Muslim insult youtube video with certainty. There are no facts proving WHY Obama lied to the world about the attack. But we aren't dumb, are we, Mr. Independent?
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
On behalf of all who post, thanks for that analysis, Breezy Bruce. For whom are you voting? I believe that is the theme of the thread.
Mr. Independent Voter November 01, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Somebody's lying about Bengazi, that much is obvious. I'd like to see these emails to get the time stamps, then we would all know who's lying about what. We've lost other ambassadors, under democrat and republican administrations in the past and they all lied too about what happened at those consulates at the time. But, Jack, Romney did say that about Russia during his speech at the RNC, I watched it and heard him say it. Though he did say Iran in the debate with the president afterward. After Romney said that at the RNC, the Russians responded to that by performing the most extensive operational testing of their nuclear arsenal in decades. So why did he say that Jack during the RNC, I know you watched it considering your position in the party? We're going to need Russia and China's cooperation in dealing with the Middle East, so why was Mitt saber rattling with them? And thanks for commenting without insults, we need civilized debate to attack our country's problems, not attack each other, because we're all Americans that care about our country, no matter what views we have, you know what I mean?
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Mr. Independent, ask me how I know that you're voting for Obama-Biden. If Governor Romney feels Russia is a top threat, and that his threat priority has shifted towards a nuclear Iran, what is the gravitas of that question or the answer compared with the Mount Everest of historical evidence including the youtube videos available in this thread that could possibly hold any relevant bearing on whether Romney or Obama is better qualified to lead this nation you once served? Little things. Staring at the finger pointing the way to the moon and missing all of that heavenly glory. Nitpic nitpic. Ignoring Obama's unparalleled failure and lies and broken promises on a scale never before seen. You, Mr. Independent, are voting for Obama.
Roger M November 01, 2012 at 04:47 PM
yes, it;'s important that a president be handsome... good point...
Mr. Independent Voter November 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I'm being forced to vote that way, because the republicans had better candidates early on than Romney, and while I can't say that I trust Obama to fix things, I trust Romney even less. But, I am voting Smith for the Senate, and Kampfe for the local election, just so you know. Travedi and Gerlach, I'm still undecided. What do you know about them you can tell me about to aid my decision?
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
On Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM, Jim Gerlach will debate his Democrat opponent Manan Trivedi at the upstairs room of the Daily Local News (250 N. Bradford Ave., West Chester). Seating is limited and on a first-come/first-serve basis. Yes I know both candidates very well and have spent many hours with Jim and about 4 hours with Manan. I think Jim Gerlach is why we shouldn't have term limits. The country would lose a very talented legislator. Here is the best his opponent Manan Trivedi can come up with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxhV-zWYZ-s That is too bad, Mr. Independent, because you are voting for another 4 years of failed fiscal policy which Obama published 2 weeks ago, and about Benghazi you wrote "somebody's lying" having seen the blatant facts, also FYI the emails you seek are available, I saw them myself on television. Given all that, you're tossing your vote to the proven failure. I strongly urge you to dig deeper and reconsider, vote facts and the record only, set aside emotion.
missdirection1111 November 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Jack...you neglect to indicate that Obama uses the term fetus twice and child twice in that clip. I am a REPUBLICAN, for 30+ years, however, this is NOT the party I joined many years ago. The extremist fundamental right wing of this party has kidnapped the ideology that I used to be proud of. Democrat or Republican...we as a human race need to work together. The argumentative nature of many in this conversation (and somewhat attacking) is exactly the same thing that occurs in Washington. We want our legislature to act in kind when we ourselves have the same problem. Pretty interesting...
Jack Minster November 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Missdirection, Obama voted 4 times for legislation to allow healthy crying air-breathing babies resulting from induced abortions to die. To deny medical personnel from giving aid or comfort to the baby. Nothing to say about that? Just that he interchanges fetus with child when speaking? And you're a Republican who is voting for the guy? One too many "s" letters in your Patch handle. Obama pushed through the largest, costliest entitlement program in US history without a single Republican backing it. This is working together? Whose supporters are attacking who in this thread? Whose supporters show a pattern of personal attack on the messenger versus a civilized discussion about the message?
Freed November 05, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Dear Patch, Jack Minster is totally out of control.
Bill November 05, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Dear Jack, Please author articles for the patch


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