HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than half a million ballots have already been returned in Pennsylvania two weeks before the November 8 election.

According to data released by the Pennsylvania Department of State, a total of 556,750 mail-in and absentee ballots were returned as of October 24.

More than 1.2 million ballots were requested ahead of the critical election that could decide the balance of power in Washington D.C. and decide which party controls the Governor’s mansion in Pennsylvania.

Of the 1,290,977 mail ballots requested, there have been 908,296 requested by registered Democrat voters and 257,222 requested by registered Republicans.

Independent and third-party voters had 125,459 ballots requested.

Philadelphia and Allegheny counties requested the most ballots as of October 24.

Of the ballots returned, there have been 407,062 returned by registered Democrat voters and 107,086 returned by registered Republican voters.

Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board by 5 p.m. on November 1. Ballots must be received by a county election board by 8 p.m. on November 8.

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The data comes as Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz meet for their only scheduled debate in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Race on October 25.

The exclusive one hour debate will be held at the abc27 studio in Harrisburg and can be watched in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Coverage of the Fetterman-Oz debate will stream live on this page starting at 7:30 p.m. with our exclusive pre-show free for all to watch

The U.S. Senate Debate will be carried on the following stations and websites:

Station  Network  Market  Station Website  Social  
WHTM-TV  ABC  Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, York, PA  Abc27.com  @abc27news  
WJET-TV ABC Erie, PA YourErie.com @jetfoxyourerie 
WFXP-TV FOX Erie, PA YourErie.com @jetfoxyourerie 
WYTV-DT MNT Youngstown, OH Wytv.com,Wkbn.com @33wytv 
WBRE-TV NBC Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, PA Pahomepage.com @eyewitnessnewstv 
WYOU-TV CBS Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, PA Pahomepage.com @eyewitnessnewstv 
WTAJ-TV CBS Johnstown, Altoona, State College, PA wtaj.com @wtajtv 
WPHL-TV MyNetworkTV Philadelphia, PA Phl17.com @phl17 
WPXI-TV NBC Pittsburgh, PA Wpxi.com @wpxi 

The U.S. Senate Debate will also be streamed on the following websites:  

Station  Network  Market (Counties) Station Website  Social  
WETM-TV NBC Elmira, NY (Tioga) Mytwintiers.com @wetm18news 
WPIX-TV CW New York, NY (Pike) Pix11.com @pix11news 
WIVB-TV CBS Buffalo, NY (McKean, Potter) Wivb.com @News4buffalo 
WDVM-TV IND Washington, D.C. (Fulton) dcnewsnow.com @DCNewsNow 

Additionally, all radio stations throughout the commonwealth will be provided free access to the debate. The debate will be moderated by WHTM abc27 News anchor Dennis Owens and WPXI anchor Lisa Sylvester with questions covering the issues most important to Pennsylvania voters.

Follow the debate on social media with #PASenateDebate.