Some 8,000 registered Indiana County voters have requested absentee and mail-in ballots to cast their votes in the primary scheduled for Tuesday.
Registered Republican and Democratic voters will select nominees to run in the November general election for state and federal offices.
Among the loosened election law provisions enacted for the primary, which was delayed from April under health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the deadline for voters to submit absentee and write-in votes.
Those ballots are due at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Indiana County voter registration office — the same time that the county’s polling places will close for the day.
“The courthouse is closed but ballots may be dropped off at front door security where a secure ballot box is located,” Chief Clerk Robin Maryai said.
Maryai updated the Indiana County board of commissioners on the preparations for the primary during the commissioners’ semi-monthly meeting, held on the Zoom online app on Wednesday.
“Please be sure the back of the ballot return envelope is completed with your signature, address and date when completing the ballot,” Maryai said. “Many voters have been confusing the date with their date of birth.”
Maryai said voters who have requested mail-in or absentee ballots are not eligible to cast their vote instead on Tuesday at the polling places.
Those who ask to vote in person at the primary will be allowed to complete provisional ballots, which would be set aside for review by the board of elections and counted in the totals if ruled eligible.
The standard would preclude unintentional double voting by those who earlier sent a ballot by mail.
Federal offices on the ballot include president and representative in
Congress from the 15th District.
State office nominees will be selected to run for attorney general, auditor general, treasurer, senator for the 41st District, and representatives in the General Assembly from the 55th, 60th, 62nd and 66th districts.
Republicans will select delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention.
Democratic voters will choose delegates to the party’s national convention.
Voters who are registered to minor parties or to no party at all may not vote in the party primaries.
Polling places will open at 7 a.m.
“Safety precautions will be in place. Voters are urged to wear a mask in order to protect themselves, other voters and poll workers,” Maryai said. “Hand sanitizer will be available at each polling place. Pens will be supplied for each voter to sign the poll book and mark their ballots. The voters will take their pens with them when they leave.”
A complete list of polling places appears on the Indiana County website at https://www.indianacountypa.gov/wp-content/uploads/NOTICE-of-GENERAL-PRIMARY-ELECTION-2020-website-2.pdf.
Most voting will be done at the traditional sites but three have been changed for Tuesday:
Armstrong Township, First Precinct voters will join those at the Second Precinct polls at Shelocta United Presbyterian Church, 182 S. Ridge Road.
White Township, Sixth Precinct has moved from the YMCA to Summit Church, 2707 West Pike. Voters are to use the rear entrance.
Indiana Borough, Third Ward, First Precinct will move to the Second Precinct polling place in Gym B of Zink Hall, 1190 Maple St., on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.
In conjunction with the primary related announcements on Wednesday, the commissioners named Maryai, Voter Registration Director Debra Streams and county Solicitor Matthew Budash to serve on the Resolution Board to consider and solve discrepancies arising from the voting process on Tuesday.