Image

6:30 AM / Thursday October 29, 2020

22 May 2020

Court rejects lawsuit to delay mail-in ballot deadline

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
May 22, 2020 Category: Sun Report Posted by:

ASSOCIATED PRESS 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force Pennsylvania elections officials to accept absentee or mail-in ballots as long as they are received within a week after the primary or general elections during the pandemic.

Disability Rights Pennsylvania, the Senior Law Center and several other parties filed the suit in late April, arguing that postal delays from the pandemic could cause ballots to be received too late to count.

However, the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf had argued against it, saying among other things that it would be unconstitutional because it would give different voters different deadlines.

Under a 2019 law, the deadline for county elections offices to receive absentee and mail-in ballots is currently 8 p.m., when polls close, on election day.

Image

Pennsylvania’s primary was postponed until June 2 from April 28 because of the pandemic, and many, if not most, votes are expected to be cast by mail. Meanwhile, many counties are making plans to shrink the number of polling locations they would otherwise open because of the pandemic.

The state legalized mail-in ballots last fall and they will be used for the first time this year.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Sun Report

For Trump, city where ‘bad things happen’ looms large

October 23, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Philadelphia resident Dexter Ayres talks with The Associated Press outside his...

Seniors

Five tips for managing high cholesterol

October 23, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email Family Features High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for...

Week In Review

Rush, Bacon introduce legislation to honor Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

October 23, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email WASHINGTON — On October 16, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Don...

Health

Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

October 23, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Voters line up at an early voting satellite location at the...

Horoscopes

SUNscopes for the week of October 25

October 23, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email All Signs: Halloween can be full of surprises, “Trick-or-treat!” However, this year Halloween...

Color Of Money

Budget-friendly tips for a safe and joyous holiday 2020

October 23, 2020

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Uncertainty continues into the 2020 holiday season, with limited travel, canceled events...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff