State Acts To Help Overseas Voters Get Around Ballot Barrier

Oct 3, 2018

Officials who oversee voting in Pennsylvania are promoting ways for state residents living overseas to obtain absentee ballots after some encountered computer barriers set up to prevent meddling with elections.

The Department of State outlined new procedures Wednesday, the same day The Philadelphia Inquirer reported instructions for overseas voters had led to an online dead-end.

Those who can't obtain a ballot can call a toll-free number or email the agency's help desk, where staff has been bolstered to address the problem.

A Department of State spokeswoman says it's unclear how many people ran into the cyber barrier, but it didn't affect all overseas ballot applicants.

Four years ago, the state sent out more than 7,200 ballots to Pennsylvanians stationed with the military or otherwise living in foreign countries.