The postal service said Pennsylvania’s election deadlines do not line up with the USPS delivery standards.
There is a significant risk that, at least in certain circumstances, ballots may be requested in a manner that is consistent with your election rules and returned promptly, and yet not be returned in time to be counted,” wrote Thomas Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president for the Postal Service, in the letter addressed to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.
Pennsylvania election law lets voters request a ballot as late as 7 days before Election Day and election officials have 2 days to transmit a ballot after receiving an application. And since officials may legally use Marketing Mail, with a typical delivery time of as much as 10 days, this could see ballots returned to election officials several days after the Election Day deadline.
Mail in voting in Pennsylvania is developing into a disaster waiting to happen. Vote in person, it’s the only way to be sure your vote is counted.