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Sat Sep 19, 2020, 06:52 PM

Pennsylvania counties are spending millions of dollars to prevent an election nightmare by counting

Running elections isnít cheap. Running a presidential election in a swing state during a global pandemic while an unprecedented flood of mail ballots threatens the possibility that the actual results wonít be known for days? Thatís expensive.

First, Pennsylvania counties bought new equipment because a new law allows any voter to vote by mail.

Then they bought more before the June 2 primary, as coronavirus fears of in-person voting fueled a massive surge in mail ballots, far beyond what was expected.

Now, in the months since, counties have scrambled to buy much more equipment, spending millions of dollars to prepare for a huge volume of ballots and prevent a long, drawn-out vote-counting process.



https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/counting-pennsylvania-mail-ballots-equipment-20200919.html

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 06:55 PM

1. They can speed up the process by opening to the inner envelope and

verify signatures weeks ahead but not open the actual ballot. That is what is done in most of the states that have mail in voting primarily. That way on closing of the election the ballots are ready to be counted, which can be done quickly.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 07:01 PM

2. Does the PA ballot get returned in a double envelope? With the signature on the inside envelope?...

In California, there's only one envelope and the signature is written on the back.

Just curious how different states handle their procedures.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 09:27 PM

3. I am not sure, just know in several states that is how

the ballot comes, when they require signature verification.

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