Mail-in ballots in Westmoreland County delayed, voters confused and frustrated

Mail-in ballots in Westmoreland County delayed, voters confused and frustrated

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Voters in Westmoreland County are confused and frustrated as 58,000 mail-in ballots, supposed to have been mailed out earlier this week, still haven’t been delivered.

In a statement obtained by Channel 11, the Westmoreland County Election Bureau is placing blame on a contractor hired by the county to mail out ballots this election cycle.

“The first batch of processed and approved applications was submitted to the County’s mail house, Mid-West Direct on October 3rd. It has been brought to our attention today that Mid-West did not sent out the ballots on Tuesday as indicated.”

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Channel 11 contacted both the Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of the Commonwealth once Channel 11 viewers raised concerns over their ballots.

A short time later, we received the news release with this quote: "The County has been assured that the ballots will be sent out starting tomorrow morning. Once Mid-West is able to catch up on the backlog over the weekend, the County expects the process to run smoothly.”

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