In Pennsylvania, there is a municipal primary happening with Election Day on May 16. I have not been able to find data on Pennsylvania's mail request data but I have a feeling it exists because such data was presented for the 2022 midterms.

If such data is available, how many mail ballots were returned and requested statewide, and what was the partisanship breakdown?

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    I’m voting to close this question because you are asking about finding data for an election that has yet to occur. This data is unlikely to be present in any form until after the election is complete. Mail in ballots can be requested until May 9th and they can be returned until May 16th meaning it is impossible to have this data until after the election.
    – Joe W
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 16:41
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    That is false there is election data about this kind of thing in many US elections it's just votes cast aren't available Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 17:24
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    I truly do not understand the rationale for closing this question. If the information will not be available until May 17th, then there will be no answer until May 17th. To say that the question is off-topic today, but will be on-topic on May 17th, is incongruous. Who among the close voters will return on May 17th to re-open the question? If a web page is currently available with regular updates, an answer may still be given today, allowing the OP to follow the progress as desired.
    – Rick Smith
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 23:37
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    @RickSmith I'm not 100% sure that the answer will be available on May 16 and I'm not terribly insisting on closing now and returning later but at the very least this question is premature. There won't be any meaningful answer until at least 2 and a half week, however the question creator seems to think there might be one possible. That may hint that something about the question is also not clear enough. Which information exactly is requested? Also if it was available last time for the last election, why not wait and search in that similar place first? Commented May 1, 2023 at 15:50
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    This should be reopened because it CAN be answered with sources available to the public. However it should then be closed again due to a stunning lack of research. Pennsylvania has a board of elections that has a website. On the website is a button for daily report of absentee ballots. vote.pa.gov/About-Elections/Pages/Election-Results.aspx
    – Damila
    Commented May 3, 2023 at 20:34

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The question would be better if it asked “where can one find the data on…”. As discussed in the comments, as written the answer to your question is either “no one knows because it did not happen yet” or “here are the numbers and when someone looks tomorrow they will be inaccurate.”

That said, the data you want with requested, sent, returned by party affiliation and county can be downloaded as an .xlsx on https://www.vote.pa.gov/About-Elections/Pages/Election-Results.aspx

Scroll down and click on “Daily Mail Ballot Report”. Despite the name, it has tabs for total, mail in, and absentee.

As the PA Board of Elections themselves describe it:

This point-in-time transactional data is being published for informational purposes to provide a high-level overview of the processing of absentee and mail-in ballots by county election offices. This data is pulled once per day from the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE system) and it reflects activity recorded by the counties in the SURE system as of the time of the pull.

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