Closed-door talks hint at new attempt to update Pa.’s mail-in voting law

By: Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Closed-door talks on updating Pennsylvania’s fledgling mail-in voting law showed signs of life Wednesday amid warnings that doing nothing will risk a dragged-out vote count in the high-stakes presidential election in the battleground state.

House Republicans held an internal conference call to discuss the idea of giving counties four or five days to process mail-in ballots before Election Day and to set down security requirements for the drop boxes that some counties are using to help collect mail-in ballots.

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Nearly a million Pa. voters have applied to vote by mail in June primary election

By: Julian Routh

Pennsylvania has received nearly a million applications for mail-in and absentee ballots for the June 2 primary, an influx that state officials touted as a crucial benchmark in its efforts to prepare the election for the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

But for many of the commonwealth’s 67 counties, the number of mail-in and absentee ballots they’ll have to process — and count, when the time comes — could end up to be as much as 10 times as many as they tallied in the 2016 primary, when mail-in ballots weren’t an option for Pennsylvanians and there wasn’t a pandemic threatening the viability of in-person voting.

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