Big changes are coming to the way Pennsylvania residents vote.

Governor Wolf signed a historic election reform bill back in October which takes effect with the presidential primary election in April.

A lot of the changes are already causing headaches at the county level.

"It's just a lot of things going on that we were not prepared for," said Lisa Dart, Carbon County's director of elections.

Dart is sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania's new voting laws. While they may give voters more flexibility, the changes are creating more hassle for counties.

"It's just a lot of changes so I'm hiring two part-time staff which will hopefully be enough but we're going to need all hands on deck," said Dart.

The deadline to register to vote is now 15 days before an election rather than 30, leaving less time to process those registrations.

"It's going to be a quick turnaround to have our poll books printed and back to us so we can take them to the polls on Election Day," said Dart.

Residents can also now take advantage of no-excuse mail-in voting, which could potentially mean thousands of extra ballots to count on Election Night.

"They can bring them back up until 8 pm on Election Day which it used to be the Friday before, so that's a big change as far as staffing," said Dart.

Because of that deadline extension for returning both absentee and mail-in ballots, final results could be delayed.

"It may take several hours more. We have no idea at this particular time how much time is going to be involved in this new election process," said Carbon County commissioner, Wayne Nothstein.

Typically preparations for the presidential election would have already started, but because of the changes made statewide, the election office is at a standstill.

"Normally we'd be prepping envelopes to be sent out for absentees and now mail-ins. We have no envelopes, we have to buy a whole new supply because the Department of State changed the information on those," said Dart.

Carbon County will be looking for poll workers as we get closer to the elections. If you're interested in working at the polls, you can contact the county election office.