Pennsylvania Asks Court To Extend Mail-in Voting Deadlines

Aug 14, 2020

In this May 28, 2020, file photo, Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election.
Credit Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is asking the state Supreme Court to extend deadlines for mail-in ballots in the November election.  Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground in the race between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden.

The filing, submitted late Thursday, cited a letter dated July 29 by the general counsel of the U.S. Postal Service, Thomas Marshall. In it, Marshall warns that Pennsylvania's election-day deadline for mail-in ballots is "incongruous" with the postal service's delivery standards.

As a result, Wolf's administration is asking the state Supreme Court to order that ballots postmarked by election day be counted if they are valid and received during the three days following the election.