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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Bucks Board of Elections to Mail 134K Ballot Applications

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Bucks County voters on the permanent mail-in list should soon receive a vote-by-mail application for 2022 elections.

The Bucks County Board of Elections in the coming weeks will mail nearly 134,000 applications to registered voters who requested on a previous mail-in ballot application to be placed on the permanent mail-in list. This annual mailing is required by law.

By completing and submitting the application prior to the deadline, voters will receive a ballot for all elections in which they are eligible to vote during the calendar year.

Pennsylvania voters on the permanent mail-in list must reapply annually to continue to receive ballots by mail. This can be done by returning the supplied paper application or online at Vote.Pa.gov/ApplyMailBallot. Letters will include a QR code that can be scanned using a smartphone or tablet that will take voters directly to the online application.

Voters who do not wish to receive ballots through the mail for elections in 2022 should simply disregard the notice. Those who wish to be removed from the mailer can sign and return the section of the letter that reads “stop sending me this notice and application each year.”

Because Pennsylvania is a closed primary state, voters who are not registered in a major political party cannot vote in a primary unless there is a question or referendum on the ballot. Permanent mail-in voters who are not registered with a major political party that submit a permanent renewal will be declined for the primary, but will still receive a ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election.

The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the May 17 primary election is May 10. Voters are encouraged to apply early as completed ballots need to be received by the Board of Elections Office by 8 p.m. on the date of the election. Postmarks do not count.

Information on drop box hours and locations will be made available in the coming months. Check back for updates at buckscounty.gov/Elections.

For more information on the permanent mailing list visit Vote.Pa.gov/AnnualList.

Media Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348-6414, jtomalley@buckscounty.org

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