On May 18th, a primary election will be held to determine who will be elected to important municipal, judicial, and school board positions in Bucks County. You will be able to vote by mail or in person.
Some people received an application for a mail-in ballot from the Bucks County Board of Elections in February. These are the people who checked the box on last year’s ballot application requesting to be on the "permanent" mail-in list. That list means that they will automatically receive an application, not a ballot, every year. This way, the Board of Elections is certain that ballots are not sent to people who have moved or died since the last election.
Those who have not received a mail ballot application automatically, but would like to vote by mail, will have to apply for a mail-in ballot. This can be done online by going to www.votespa.com, calling the Bucks County Board of Elections, or picking up an application at any post office, state liquor store, or county office.
Your completed application should be returned in a timely manner so that you can receive and return your ballot in plenty of time. The deadline for receiving applications is May 11, but given the delays at the Post Office, this may not allow enough time for you to receive and return your ballot. Now is the time to apply for your mail-in ballot if you wish to vote remotely. The Board of Elections will send out the mail ballots after the ballots are finalized, possibly in mid-April.
All registered voters can vote for the three ballot initiatives on the ballot this year. And registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates in the Primary. Visit www.lwvbucks.org for more voting information.
- Monica Weninger and Jean Weston, Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Bucks County