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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Pennsylvania asks court to extend mail-in voting deadlines

By: Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Citing a warning by the U.S. Postal Service about its delivery times, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is asking the state Supreme Court to extend deadlines for mail-in ballots to be received in the November election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground.

The filing, submitted after hours Thursday to the state’s highest court, cited a letter dated July 29 by the general counsel of the U.S. Postal Service, Thomas Marshall.

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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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Pennsylvania’s mail-in, absentee ballot applications surge for June primary

By: Associated Press

Pennsylvania counties have processed about 283,000 absentee and mail-in ballots for the June primary, and requests from Democrats are three times more common than from Republicans, state elections officials said Tuesday.

The Department of State said 89,000 absentee ballot requests have already been processed, with the June 2 primary still seven weeks away.

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