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.

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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