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County Judge Grants Extension For Mail-In Ballots

Credit: Dwight Burdette

A last-minute decision by a Bucks County judge will allow some mail-in ballots to be accepted until next Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bucks County Judge James McMaster ruled that the county can accept ballots postmarked by Monday, June 1 and received in the coming days.

The ruling followed an emergency petition to push the date that was filed by the county last week.

Before Tuesday’s ruling, the mail-in ballots had to be received by the Board of Elections by 8 p.m. Tuesday. To assist with this process, the county set up drop-off boxes in the lower, central, and upper ends of the county.

Larry King, a county spokesperson, said 102,000 mail-in ballots were sent out and around 70,000 were returned leading up to Tuesday.

On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order that gave Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery, and Philadelphia an extra week to receive ballots as long as they were posted by Tuesday. The order covered counties that were under an disaster declaration related to rioting in recent days.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001