Last Friday, Governor Wolf announced Bucks and Montgomery Counties will likely move to the yellow phase by June 5th. While I wish the date could be sooner and the effort broader, I commend and thank him for hearing my call and bringing us this message of hope. The more we continue to wear masks, practice good hand hygiene, and social distance to keep one another safe, the less likely we are to see a second surge and the sooner we can move to the green phase.
I encourage the Governor to continue to keep an open and direct line of communication with the people of our region during the next two weeks and beyond, so that we’re able to contribute to a faster reopening and plan our families’ and businesses’ summers. I fully expect a move to the green phase is within reach as we continue to take the necessary safety precautions.
Below, you can find information on mail-in voting, PUA assistance, and the latest guidance from the Wolf Administration.
As always, you can visit www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus for more resources or contact my office directly. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
Last Chance to Apply for Vote by Mail!
Today is the LAST DAY to apply to vote by mail. Make your voice heard from the safety of your home this year and apply for your ballot at votespa.com/applymailballot by 5pm!
If you need to vote in person, please double check your polling place on the Bucks or Montgomery County website for temporary changes.
Some voters, particularly in Montgomery County, are reporting to us that they have received the mail-in ballot for the wrong party. Montgomery County has identified the affected voters and new ballots will be issued and mailed out today, Tuesday, May 26th.
If you have questions or concerns, visit your county’s website or contact your election board directly:
Montgomery County Ballot Drop-Off Locations
Montgomery County officials are encouraging voters to drop off their completed ballots at secure drop off locations instead of placing them in the mail to ensure they are received on time. Completed ballots must be placed in the drop-off boxes by the time the polls close at 8pm on Election Day, Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
For more info, click here.
*Bucks voters can hand deliver their ballots to the Board of Elections at 55 East Court Street, Doylestown if they would prefer not to mail.
Live Q&A with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman joined me for a Facebook Live conversation about the economic impacts of COVID-19 on our region and our path towards reopening. If you missed the live discussion, you can check it out here or on my Facebook page.
Latest Guidance from the Wolf Administration
Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance
Good news for parents and kids alike! Summer programs that provide child care, enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth can operate without a waiver in counties in the yellow and green phases as long as they are following CDC safety guidance.
Unfortunately, overnight camps and organized team sports may not operate in counties in the yellow phase. They can resume in the green phase.
For more information, read the Department of Health’s FAQ.
Limited Real Estate Activities Have Resumed
Governor Wolf issued an order that will allow the real estate industry in our region to resume work with enhanced safety guidance.
Everyone who is present at a work site, business location, or property offered for sale must wear face masks/coverings and practice social distancing. All in-person activities should be scheduled and limited to no more than the real estate professional and two people inside a property at any time.
For the complete guidance, click here.
Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early
Governor Wolf and PA State Treasurer Joe Torsella have announced that Property Tax/Rent Rebates will be distributed early for approved applicants. Rebates are typically sent out starting July 1. If you haven’t applied yet, don’t worry – the deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020.
For more information on the program and this change, visit revenue.pa.gov/ptrr. If you need help with the application, reach out to Senator Collett’s office.
PUA Phone Line
The PA Department of Labor & Industry has launched their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) phone line. If you have issues with your PUA claim, call 855-284-8545 Monday through Friday from 8am-3pm. The phone line is for PUA claimants only.
If you have continued issues getting through, contact Senator Collett’s office at email@example.com or leave a message at 215-368-1429 and our staff will do our best to assist you.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
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