The U.S. Postal Service says there is unlikely to be enough time to search, complete and return ballot papers in Pennsylvania to be counted for the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Thomas J. Marshall, general adviser and executive vice president of the agency warned in a July 29 letter to Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar about “a risk that ballots required by the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in time to “was reckoned under your laws as we understand them.”
The letter was unveiled Thursday in a filing that is part of a lawsuit filed by a group of voters in Pennsylvania who want state officials to extend the counting day beyond election day as a result of projected delays by the U.S. Postal Service. .US for Voting by Email.
The USPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday night.
State officials, including Boockvar, said in Thursday̵7;s filing that the plaintiffs were correct in claiming there would be delays in the mail; State officials now say the deadline for receiving ballots by mail should be extended by three days beyond November 3 as long as there is no evidence that a ballot was mailed after Election Day.
The Postal Service sent a similar letter and warning to Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Spokane-Review spokesman said Monday.
Concerns about mail delays and whether votes sent through the Postal Service will be counted come amid a political battle over securing funding for the agency so it can be increased to handle the extra volume.
Pennsylvania last year passed a law allowing all of its voters to vote by mail. The 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 the tradition of American postal voting, as deep as the Civil War, invites deception. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States, according to numerous investigations and studies.
He has pledged to block additional funding – $ 3.6 billion proposed by Congressional Democrats – for the Postal Service.
“Now, they need that money in order to have the job in the mail, so it can get all those millions and millions of ballots,” Trump told the Fox Business Network on Thursday. “But if they do not get those two items, it means you can not have universal mail voting because they are not equipped to have it.”
Trump’s presidential campaign is suing to block plans to expand email in Nevada.
In June, a major Trump donor, Louis DeJoy, was installed as a postmaster general, and over the weekend, he announced a major shock to senior service leadership.
Pennsylvania has stated that voters can request a ballot by Oct. 27.
Marshall’s letter casts doubt within the time frame, saying the “delivery standards” of the Postal Service are “incompatible” with those deadlines.
He recommended that completed ballots be mailed no later than October 27, so that they could meet election day deadline and be counted.
The dossier from state officials indicates that a new development that the judge in the case would suggest would have to approve an extension of the three-day deadline for returning completed ballots in order for them to be counted.
“Respondents do not expect such an extension to create any significant delay in reporting the Pennsylvania election results,” it said.
One of the Trump administration’s objections to voting by mail is the fear that it will delay the election and cast doubt on the results.
“Are all these stories true of the fact that these elections will be fraudulent, they will be rigged, they will be manipulated?” Trump said July 30th. “And everyone is seeing it, and a lot of people are saying, ‘You know, this is probably going to happen.’ “
Geoff Bennett contributed.