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Politics Pennsylvania — an important swing state — is pleading with the state's Supreme Court after the USPS said they couldn't guarantee on time delivery of mail-in-ballots

10:15  14 august  2020
10:15  14 august  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

Democratic senator launching probe into USPS delivery delays

  Democratic senator launching probe into USPS delivery delays Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) on Thursday announced a probe into reports of delayed mail deliveries following leadership changes at the U.S. Postal Service.Peters said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Republican donor who took office in June, has failed to answer questions about delivery delays. These delays, Peters said, "are preventing Americans from receiving critical mail on time, including prescription drugs, business mail and mail-in ballots.″ require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

“The warning came in a July 29 letter from Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president for the Postal Service, to Pennsylvania “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

In Pennsylvania , there are three federal district courts , state supreme court , a superior court , a commonwealth court , and trial courts with both general and limited jurisdiction. These courts serve different purposes, which are outlined in the sections below.

a close up of a book: A worker processes mailed-in ballots from Tuesday's primary election, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Ted Warren/AP © Ted Warren/AP A worker processes mailed-in ballots from Tuesday's primary election, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Ted Warren/AP
  • US Postal Service told the Pennsylvania Secretary of State that some ballots might not be delivered on time because their delivery standards couldn't accommodate the state's tight election deadlines, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
  • Pennsylvania's Department of State has now asked the Supreme Court to allow for mail ballots to be counted if they're received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election date.
  • If approved that means the winner of the presidential race in the swing state won't be known for days after the election date.
  • 1% of the states 1,460,700 primary mail-in-ballots were rejected because they were late, NPR reported.
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Pennsylvania's Department of State asked the Supreme Court to allow for mail ballots to be counted if they're received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election date, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

USPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted

  USPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) warned Pennsylvania officials in July that the state's election deadlines were too tight for the service's "delivery standards" and could result in mail-in ballots being delayed for several days.The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a letter dated July 29 warned state officials that "certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service's delivery standards," andThe Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a letter dated July 29 warned state officials that "certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service's delivery standards," and could result in "a risk that ballots re

5, after the state Supreme Court ordered a new map. “Today’ s Supreme Court ruling was a victory for Pennsylvania voters who will now be able to cast ballots for congressional The U. S . Supreme Court has never thrown out a state ’ s redistricting plan by finding it so infected with partisan bias that

arguably the most important case in Supreme Court history, was the first U. S . Supreme Court And when an act of Congress is in conflict with the Constitution, it is, Marshall said , the obligation of The state of Maryland had attempted to impede operation of a branch of the Second Bank of the United

The request came after the US Postal Service informed the key swing state that some ballots might not be delivered on time because their delivery standards couldn't accommodate the state's tight election deadlines.

Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president of the Postal Service, sent a letter on July 29 to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar warning of the issue, which could disenfranchise voters.

Boockvar's office oversees the election.

Last month, NPR reported that 65,000 absentee or mail-in ballots have been rejected across the country for arriving past the deadline. In most cases, the tardiness was not the fault of the voter.

Pelosi calls Trump attacks on mail-in voting a 'domestic assault on our Constitution'

  Pelosi calls Trump attacks on mail-in voting a 'domestic assault on our Constitution' Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that President Trump's attempts to sow doubts about mail-in ballots amounted to a "domestic assault on our Constitution.""We take an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. The actions this administration are taking vis-a-vis our voting system, our sacred right to vote, are a domestic assault on our Constitution," Pelosi said in an interview on MSNBC. Pelosi encouraged Americans choosing to vote by mail instead of risking potential exposure at a polling place to cast their ballots sooner rather than later."Don't risk your health, vote by mail.

Some states send ballots as marketing mail , which is less expensive than first-class mail and has an expected delivery time of three to 10 days “There are currently no pending changes to the rates and classes of mail impacting ballots ,” Martha Johnson, a USPS spokeswoman said in a statement.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request from Republicans to block a trial judge’ s ruling making it easier for voters in Rhode Island to cast absentee ballots during the In an unsigned opinion, the panel said the witness requirement interfered with the right to vote.

In Pennsylvania, a little over 1% of the 1,460,700 primary mail-in-ballots were rejected.

That means it could be a problem in a close race this November — in an already tight swing state. According to results posted by The New York Times, Donald Trump won the state over Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 44,292 votes.

If the State Departments' request is approved by the Supreme Court, it means that the results of the election between President Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden until days after the election.

Trump has recently attacked the Postal Service and said he would oppose funding the department over concerns that mail-in-voting would be expanded. The president claimed that the practice would benefit Democrats despite no evidence for the claim.

"They want $25 billion — billion — for the post office. Now they need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots," Trump said in an interview with Fox Business on Thursday morning. "Now, in the meantime, they aren't getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting ... because they're not equipped."

The USPS will reportedly halt plans to remove blue collection boxes until after the election

  The USPS will reportedly halt plans to remove blue collection boxes until after the election The USPS warned 46 states earlier this week that not all mail-in-ballots may be delivered in time for the November presidential election.Since taking over the role in June, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has imposed a number of cost-cutting measures across the system, including eliminating overtime and late dispatch hours. These measures have been reported to cause compounding delays in mail delivery, raising concerns for voters who fear their ballots may too delayed to be counted for the upcoming presidential election.

The United States ' Supreme Court , along with the rest of the American Federal court system, was created and outlined in the United States Constitution in Article 3. This gave the Supreme Court the ultimate jurisdiction over all the laws of the land, especially those involving constitutionality.

Vote-by-mail ballots are shown in a sorting tray on Aug. 5 at the King County Elections You’ve heard the joke about the boy who kills his parents, then pleads for mercy from the court on the Trump, who has been railing against mail - in balloting for months, said the cash-strapped agency’ s

Business Insider previously reported that despite claims made by Trump rates of fraud by mail-in ballots are extremely low, and there's no evidence that expanding the practice benefits or harms any political party.

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Video: Trump to block funding for mail-in voting (The Washington Post)

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