The United States Postal Service warned the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on Thursday that it may not be able to deliver the required number of mail-in ballots before the legal deadline of receipt, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“The warning came in a July 29 letter from Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president for the Postal Service, to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, whose department oversees elections,” reported Jonathan Lai and Ellie Rushing. “That letter was made public for the first time late Thursday in a filing the Pennsylvania Department of State submitted to the state Supreme Court, in which it asked the court to order that mail ballots be counted as long as they are received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.”
“If the court agrees, it will increase the likelihood that the results of the presidential race between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden won’t be known for days after the election,” continued the report. “The post office’s letter to the state, which came as President Donald Trump has mounted false attacks on mail voting, warned that ‘certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards.’”
Donald Trump’s new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, has received backlash over his policy changes at the department. Many have raised concerns that the policy changes will make it harder for people to get their votes in by mail.