Deadlines loom for voters as Pennsylvania election legislation talks stall

Deadlines loom for voters as Pennsylvania election legislation talks stall

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As deadlines for voters loom, talks on critical election legislation in Pennsylvania appear to be deadlocked.

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the November presidential election. Voters who want to apply for a mail-in ballot must do so by 5 p.m. Oct. 27.

Meanwhile, there has been highly contentious conversation over making sure votes count in Pennsylvania.

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Closed-door talks on legislation seen as crucial to producing a prompt election result in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania appeared stuck Thursday between the Democratic governor and the Legislature’s House Republican majority.

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In a statement to The Associated Press, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said an offer extended in recent days to House Republican leaders has been effectively rejected, now less than three weeks before Election Day.

“At the time, that deal was not sufficient for House Republicans, and since then, the administration has not heard back,” spokesperson Lyndsay Kensinger said in a statement.

House Republicans did not dispute that.

Wolf’s office wanted to give election officials at least a few days before Election Day to process what could be 3 million or more mail-in ballots to get them ready to tabulate as soon as polls close.

Officials said that would speed up the vote count, ensuring that the vast majority of ballots are tabulated within hours after polls close, and give it more public credibility.

In addition, Wolf suggested adding security requirements for drop boxes being used to help collect mail-in ballots.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nearly 29,000 Allegheny Co. voters received incorrect ballots, new ones being mailed