The Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania is asking that ballots that arrive up to three days after the election be counted even if they do not have a postmark or other evidence that they were cast by election day:
Wolf’s administration is asking the state Supreme Court to order that ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 be counted if they are valid and received during the three days following the election. Ballots received during those three days but lack a postmark or legible proof of mailing should also be counted, the administration’s lawyers wrote.
A close vote in Pennsylvania and two other states decided the 2016 election. Governor Wolf is proposing that ballots cast after election night could decide the outcome.
Is this change an open invitation for fraud?
What happens if hundreds of thousands of ballots that go strongly for one candidate arrive without postmarks just before the three-day limit and they decide the outcome? Is the election still valid?
The Postal Union recently endorsed Biden. Could postal workers simply stop putting post marks on mail for a few days after the election to make sure “every vote counts”?
For background, over 20% of mail-in ballots were declared invalid in the Democratic primary in New York City for these kinds of issues. The issue may be critical to deciding the election.