PROTECT THE VOTE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

By JON GEETING


With the April 28 primary approaching in the midst of calls for social isolation, Philly 3.0’s engagement director urges the state to send every voter a mail-in ballot


With health officials urging social isolation measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, and uncertainty looming over upcoming large-scale public events, Philadelphia Rep. Kevin Boyle is announcing a new bill that would lean into Pennsylvania’s new vote-by-mail system and mail every voter a ballot.

Pennsylvania’s Act 77 changes include an expansion of no-excuse absentee voting and a new vote-by-mail program that allow voters to mail in ballots 50 days prior to Election Day.


Pennsylvania’s primary is on April 28, so we’re already in that window. There are still some petition challenges yet to be decided, so the ballot isn’t finalized. Once those are worked through, the mail ballots will be sent to everyone who