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Pennsylvania's having a really confusing time with the election so it is worrying. I've received at least 4 applications to get a mail-in ballot, and tons of flyers about voting -- urging me to vote, urging me to use a mail-in ballot, saying I can vote early for 2 weekends, and again please vote.

I was surprised about the early voting, which I hadn't known about. I'd assumed, before this, that early voting simply meant voting by mail. But now this flyer says I can vote early in person. But when I looked up the county election website, it seemed to be saying that "in person" meant by a mail-in ballot, dropped into a drop box instead of a U.S. mailbox.

I think that's what it meant, anyway. I'm not really sure. So I planned to vote in person on Election Day, anyway, because I was concerned about the mail delays. In case there are long lines lasting hours, I'm bringing along a lightweight, folding camp stool thing to sit on if I need to.

posted on Oct 20, 2020 5:47 PM ()


I'm reading this late. In Florida, early voting means you go, in person, to a different polling place that you are informed about, and cast your vote. We have early voted in the last three elections. This time we got mail ballots and avoided the post office and took them to a Supervisor of Elections drop box a full three weeks before the election. And isn't the result glorious? Yeah, brain dead Florida went red, but the rest of the country did not.
comment by tealstar on Nov 24, 2020 9:37 PM ()
I am going to vote early in person if I can, if not I will go to the polls. trump will make a big thing of fraud and I am thinking he will concentrate on mail in voting. Ted has a walker with a seat so I plan
on taking that with me in case of long lines. Every vote must count!!
comment by elderjane on Oct 21, 2020 1:57 AM ()
And I don't plan to drink anything before getting in line.
reply by drmaus on Oct 21, 2020 8:31 AM ()
I got my mail in ballot last week--mailed it in the next day--and it shows up on my county election page as being counted!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 20, 2020 7:44 PM ()
I expect a lot more to be right than wrong!!! I have faith in out system--now if we could only get the humans out of dealing with it!
reply by greatmartin on Oct 21, 2020 12:54 PM ()
That's good to hear some things are working right.
reply by drmaus on Oct 21, 2020 8:30 AM ()
I looked at the info for your state: "Pennsylvania voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Monday, September 14, 2020 to Tuesday, October 27, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
If you've voted at your polling place before, you don't need to show ID to vote."

It doesn't sound like mail voting to me because of the 'in-person.' I think you should try it - shouldn't be lines this early - worst case they turn you away to come back on election day. If you get it out of the way, you won't have to worry about if the weather's bad, or the lines are really long that day, etc. Best of luck!
comment by traveltales on Oct 20, 2020 6:56 PM ()
I hope your state doesn't make it as mixed-up-sounding as this. I went to the .gov page to make sure, and to see where this early voting could happen -- and it turns out it IS with a mail ballot only.
reply by drmaus on Oct 21, 2020 8:29 AM ()

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