One of the things that the Washington Post editorial board criticised Donald Trump for was his threats to defund the USPS, making it harder for the country to vote by mail for November’s election.
CNN have a report this morning on the Pennsylvania election officials seeking to extend the deadlines for receiving mail-in ballots, citing the slowdown in mail.
Pennsylvania officials said Thursday that they are willing to count mail-in ballots up to three days after the November general election, provided they are mailed by November 3, a significant change in a key swing state.
“Ballots mailed by voters on or before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will be counted if they are otherwise valid and received by the county boards of election on or before the third day following the election,” the Department of State said in a court filing Thursday.
They’ve made the move after the USPS indicated that it could not guarantee the timely delivery of ballots in the general election under the current state deadlines. The time frame now given by the service for the ballots arriving – two-to-five days – is longer now than it was for Pennsylvania’s primary. The move comes as CNN also reports that the USPS plans to remove hundreds of high-volume mail-processing machines from facilities across the country.
Republicans are likely to oppose the decision, one which could have a significant impact on the dynamics of election night. Pennsylvania is a state that Trump carried in 2016, but recent polls place Biden between 4 and 9 points ahead of his rival there. If it becomes close, and the state can’t be called for several days while mail-in ballots arrive and are counted, that could leave Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college votes seemingly in the balance for some time after 3 November.
Read it here: CNN – Pennsylvania election officials seek to extend deadline for receiving mail-in ballots, citing slowdown in mail