The U.S. Postal Service says it is unlikely there will be enough time to request, fill out and return postal ballots in Pennsylvania, which count toward the November 3 presidential election.
Thomas J. Marshall, Advocate General and Executive Vice President of the Agency, warned in a letter dated July 29 to Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar of “a risk that ballot papers requested before the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in. time to be spoken under your laws as we understand them. “
The letter was revealed Thursday in an archive that is part of an ongoing lawsuit from a group of Pennsylvania voters who want state officials to extend the counting period beyond election day as a result of expected U.S. postal service delays for post-in ballots.
The USPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday night.
State officials, including Boockvar, said in the filing Thursday that the plaintiffs were right to claim there will be postal delays; government officials now say the deadline to receive post-in ballot papers should be extended three days beyond November 3, as long as there is no evidence that a ballot was sent after election day.
The postal service sent a similar letter and warning to Washington State Secretary Kim Wyman, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported Monday.
Concerns about delays via mail and whether votes sent via the postal service will be spoken come amid a political battle to make the agency available so it can save itself from dealing with the extra volume.
Pennsylvania passed a law last year that allows all of its voters to vote by ballot. Mail. Social distance due to the pandemic has inspired coast-to-coast officials to limit polling stations and encourage citizens to use the mailbox.
But President Donald Trump believes that the American post-in-vote tradition, with roots as far back as the Civil War, invites fraud. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States, according to many studies and surveys.
He has promised to block extra funding – 3.6 billion. Dollars have been proposed by the Congress Democrats – to the postal service.
“Now they need that money to make the post office work so it can take all those millions and millions of ballots,” Trump told the Fox Business Network Thursday. “But if they do not get these two things, it means you can not have universal mail-in voting because they are not equipped to have it.”
Trump’s presidential campaign is suing to block Nevada’s expansive voting plans for post-in.
In June, a major Trump donor, Louis DeJoy, was installed as postmaster general, and over the weekend he announced a major shake-up by the service’s top management.
Pennsylvania has stated that voters can request a vote as late as October 27.
Marshall’s letter raises doubts about the time frame, saying the postal service’s ‘delivery standards’ are “incompatible” with these deadlines.
He recommended that completed ballot papers be sent no later than October 27, so that they can be postponed to election day and counted.
Filing by state officials requires a new development that suggests the judge in the case must approve a three-day deadline extension for completed ballots to be returned so they can be counted.
“Respondents do not expect such an extension to create any significant delay in the reporting of Pennsylvania’s election results,” it said.
One of the Trump administration’s objections to voting per. Post is fearing it will delay the election and raise doubts about the results.
“Are all these stories true about the fact that these choices will be fraudulent, they will be fixed, they will be rigged?” Trump said July 30th. “And everyone is looking at it, and a lot of people are saying, ‘You know it’s probably going to happen.'”
Geoff Bennett contributed.