Last day to register to vote, in-person and mail-in voting underway

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Today is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania. Early in-person voting is already underway in the form of mail-in voting.

We found long lines of people at the Luzerne County Penn Place office building. The bureau of elections is located on the second floor. People Eyewitness News spoke with tell us they want to make sure their voices are heard on November 3.

Luzerne County election officials say lines began forming at 7:30 Monday morning outside the Penn Place office building. Those lines grew longer as the day progressed. The Albano family drove from the Hazleton area to drop their mail-in ballots into a drop box located inside Penn Place.

“Well, we got our ballots in the mail. I guess it took 10 days to get there so we are worried about mailing them in and not getting here in time, so we decided to take the ride up and drop them off at the office,” said Lisa Albano.

“I got my mail-in ballot. With everything in the mail, seems to be slowed. I just wanted to ensure my vote gets in there on time. It probably would, we are early enough. It probably would have been able to make it. I don’t want to take that chance. It’s too important of an election to leave anything up to chance,” said Jonathan Debalko of Drums.

89-year-old Geraldine Albano says this election is very different than any others she has ever seen.

“I was saying the other day I never saw so many people out campaigning. That’s why I’m glad we came up here going to see it.”

Many of the people who came here today wanted to vote in person by using mail-in ballots. This is the first time 18-year-old Emily Rowe will vote. It’s all new to her and she says she doesn’t take that responsibility lightly.

“Honestly I’m really excited. I want to make sure my vote counts for this election. I want to make sure I do it in person and make sure my voice is heard,” said Rowe.

You can still apply for a mail-in ballot application until October 27th. The ballots must be received in your election bureau offices by 8 p.m. election night or be postmarked by November 3. And, of course, you can also vote in person at your polling place on election day.

Here are additional resources on how to vote, voter registration deadlines and other information.

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