HONESDALE – More than 7,000 mail-in and absentee ballots were mailed out Monday, Sept. 28, according to Cindy Furman, the director of the Wayne County Bureau of Elections.
The 7,000 represent requests made by voters in the past few months, but the county could not mail out the requested ballots until the they were certified by the Pennsylvania Department of State, which happened late last week. Another 500 will be sent out Tuesday and then ballots will be mailed out as the requests come in going forward.
Those wishing to request an absentee or mail-in ballot for the November 3 election have until October 27 to do so. Those who have requested and received absentee or mail-in ballots have to return those ballots to the Wayne County Courthouse by 8 p.m. on election day or have them postmarked by that same time, and they must be received in the mail no later than 5 pm on Nov. 6 in order to legally be counted.
In addition, the mail-in ballots must include both secrecy and outer envelopes and must be signed and dated to be counted.
Sample ballots are available on the Wayne County website.
If you wish to vote in person rather than through the mail, polling places throughout Wayne County will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on November 3. A list of polling locations is being finalized and will be released in the near future. If anyone has any questions about voting, please visit www.votespa.com or call the Wayne County Election’s Office at 570-253-5978 or visit the web page.