Bucks County faces challenges counting mail-in ballots on Election Day

Written by on June 2, 2020

 Bucks County faces challenges counting mail-in ballots on Election Day

By Hayden Mitman

June 3, 2020

Photo | Hayden Mitman / WLVR

Pennsylvania’s primary election yesterday took place amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in 22 counties and the debut of mail-in balloting.

And as WLVR’s Hayden Mitman reports from Bucks County, the volume and size of mail-in ballots presented challenges for poll workers. 

With the community still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus and ongoing protests against police brutality, this primary election is historic. Throughout Bucks County, voters like Melissa Maurrt of Doylestown talked about the importance of the day.

“I always believed it was very important to vote. I always vote and I’d never let anything prevent me from it,” said Maurer.

Masks were required for voters as they practiced social distancing at polling places, and officials put up plastic screens between voters and poll workers. They also had hand sanitizers at the ready for voters. Steve Rainey was one of those poll workers. 

“ I didn’t have any problem whatsoever. they are taking a lot of precautions and i didn’t have any apprehension voting today,” said Rainey.

Many people appear to be voting from home in this election as the county received nearly 100,000 requests for mail-in ballots. 

And, there have been some issues with ballots throughout the county as some ballots have proved slightly too big for some scanners. Bucks county spokesperson, larry king told wlvr news that no ballots would go uncounted, and if ballots are found to be too big for scanners at polling places, they would be collected and sent to Doylestown where they have larger scanners or could be counted by hand. 


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