Pa. secretary of state explains how mail-in voters opted in

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Pennsylvania officials are trying to clear up some confusion about mail-in ballots.

"We understand that some voters are receiving their mail ballot and don’t remember applying for one," Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said.

Boockvar is reminding the public that the commonwealth does not send out mail-in ballots automatically.

"Act 77 also created a new option that allows voters to sign up automatically to annually receive mail ballots for each election held that year," she said.

Anyone who received an official ballot in the mail falls into one of two categories.

"Either they’ve applied to do so since the primary, or they checked that box. It was a check box on either the voter registration form or the mail-in ballot form before the primary, saying that they want to be a permanent annual voter," she said.

Someone who received a ballot in the mail but who decides to vote in person whould simply take that ballot to their polling location on Election Day to be voided.

Voters can also check their mail-in voting status online or by contacting their local election office.

Officials say more than a million Pennsylvanians who voted in the primaries opted in to vote by mail for the November election. Those who want to verify if they did can do so online, or by contacting their county election office.

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