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Comparatively tight deadlines for absentee ballots mean Pennsylvania's mail-in votes arrive too late to be counted far more often than the national average, a newspaper reported Friday.

Lawsuit Claims Early PA Absentee Voting Deadline Is Unconstitutional

Jun 6, 2019
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Edward Ream cast a ballot in the 2018 midterm election, but it was never counted. As an emergency medical technician, he works 24-hour shifts. When he learned on October 27, 2018, that he would work on Election Day, he applied for an absentee ballot, but by then the timeline was tight.

PA Rejected Twice As Many Absentee Ballots In 2018

Mar 18, 2019
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Pennsylvania elections officials rejected more than twice as many absentee ballots during last year's midterm elections than they did in 2010. That year, 1.9 percent of absentee ballots were rejected compared with 4.7 percent in 2018. The rate is rising because the deadline for getting ballots counted is too early, critics said.

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The ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s absentee-ballot rules Tuesday, alleging that voters are being disenfranchised by the state’s tight deadlines for returning ballots.


Voters in Pennsylvania have until Tuesday to apply for absentee ballots for the November 6th midterm election--and until Friday to send them in to their county elections board.