May 16, 2022 - Politics

Thousands of Philly mail-in ballots roll in before the primary

Illustration of a mailbox covered in "I Voted" stickers. 

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

More than 57,700 registered voters have already submitted mail-in ballots ahead of tomorrow's primary election, according to city figures as of last Thursday.

Why it matters: Two years after the use of mail-in ballots was expanded during the pandemic, some voters are "becoming very familiar with the process," while others are not, City Commissioner Lisa Deeley told Axios.

  • "There are still many voters who are not using it regularly or not at all, so I would say there is a learning curve," said Deeley, who leads the board that oversees the city’s elections.

By the numbers: A total of 105,470 people — approximately 10% of the city's more than 1 million registered voters — requested mail-in ballots for Tuesday's primary, said Nick Custodio, a deputy commissioner under Deeley.

  • Yes, but: That figure, which also includes replacement ballot requests, is slightly below the 2021 general election, when more than 107,600 mail-in ballot and replacement requests were made.
  • More than 73,100 mail-in ballots were submitted during the November election, Custodio said.

Between the lines: Primary elections traditionally have low turnout in Philly, far below general elections and presidential races.

Be smart: Mail-in ballots must be submitted to county election officials by 8pm on Tuesday.


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