The current directive by Governor Wolf, for Chester County to remain in the red “stay at home” phase related to COVID-19, will not alter the process of voting at Chester County precincts on Primary Election Day, scheduled for June 2, 2020.
Voting is considered an essential activity that will take place even with a “stay at home” order, and the poll workers and polling locations for each precinct in Chester County are undertaking an essential service.
Chester County is providing the maximum level of personal protection equipment for every precinct, to ensure the safety of both poll workers and the members of the public who are exercising their right to vote. The personal protection equipment includes masks, gloves and sanitation kits for poll workers, procedures to maintain social distancing while signing-in and while voting, and Plexiglas shields to protect both workers and voters.
In light of the unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19 relating to in-person voting, the Chester County Commissioners strongly encourage mail-in ballots as the best option for the health and safety of the community. However, they recognize that there are voters who, because of many reasons, either cannot or choose not to vote by mail. Because of this, the County will have a reduced, but sufficient number of polling places available and staffed for Primary Election Day on June 2nd.
A list of all polling places that will be open in Chester County for the 2020 Primary Election will be published by May 18th on the Chester County Voter Services website, will be posted on social media, advertised in the Daily Local News, and will be sent to all Chester County municipalities.