Lehigh County residents can request “B Ballots” if they didn’t receive their mail-in ballot

Written by on October 29, 2020

Lehigh County residents can request “B Ballots” if they didn’t receive their mail-in ballot 

By Gabi Falk, WLVR News Lehigh University Intern

October 29, 2020

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 file photo, Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. On Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pennsylvania election officials mailed out 1.8 million ballots but counted votes from more than 2.5 mailed ballots. The false statistic combines data from Pennsylvania’s June primary election, in which 1.8 million voters requested vote-by-mail ballots, and data from the general election, in which voters mailed back more than 2.6 million ballots that were counted. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Lehigh County started offering “B Ballots” Wednesday after some residents reported not having received their mail-in ballots.

Lehigh County Executive Phil Armstrong says if voters did not receive their mail-in ballot as of Tuesday, Oct. 27, they can come into the Lehigh County Office of Voter Registration for a backup ballot. 

“If you have applied for a mail-in ballot and for some reason you did not get it, you can now come in and apply for what we call a ‘B Ballot’ which in a way is like a provisional ballot but it would allow you to vote,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong says there were 89,600 applications for mail-in ballots in Lehigh County. So far, county election officials have received between 55,000 and 60,000 of them. 

With only a few days left before Election Day, Armstrong is urging voters to bypass the postal system altogether. 

“My best advice now is if you haven’t, don’t mail your ballot. Please use our drop boxes at this point, and the drop box at our government center is open 24 hours a day; at this point advising people not to use the mail.”

The drop box at the county center will be open until 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

This story is part of a collaboration between WLVR News and Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism & Communication. View all student stories.

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