Pa.’s Absentee Ballot Problem: Votes come in late because of tight deadlines

Aug 9, 2018 | Member News

By Jonathan Lai,


Every vote counts. But the reality in Pennsylvania is that not every vote is counted.


In fact, if past patterns hold, more than 2,000 absentee ballots cast by Pennsylvanians this  November won’t be tallied — and the voters won’t know it. The problem is the deadlines, election officials say: Outdated election laws set timelines that are too compressed. Would-be voters who wait until the end — and of course, people do — have almost no chance of getting their votes counted if they use standard mail service. Just three days separate the deadlines for requesting a mailed absentee ballot and for returning it to county officials.


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