Current state law requires that mail ballots arrive by 8 pm on Election Day to be counted
The U.S. Postal Service warned Pennsylvania leaders in July that some mail-in ballots might not be delivered on time come November because the state’s deadlines are too tight for its “delivery standards,” prompting election officials to take action.
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar filed a state Supreme Court motion asking for approval to continue counting mail-in ballots received up to three days after November 3, 2020, following the notice in a July 29 letter from Postal Service General Counsel Thomas J. Marshall, according to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer
The department noted in its filing that Marshall’s letter represented “a significant change to the outlook for voting by mail in the general election.”
Prior to the note, “the Postal Service had not indicated the likelihood of widespread, continuing, multiple-day mail-delivery delays presenting an overwhelming, statewide risk of disenfranchisement for significant numbers of voters utilizing mail-in ballots,” the secretary of state’s Office said.