Despite protestations and concerns about voter fraud, Democrats and their allies in the media encouraged Americans to vote by mail. News out of Pennsylvania suggests that decision may lead to some serious consequences.
Fox News reported Monday that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned residents that it may “take several days” before a definitive winner can be declared in the battleground state due to the huge influx of mail-in ballots.
Some 400,000 votes have already been received in the largely Democratic city, according to Bloomberg.
“Unprepared” for “deluge of ballots”
According to conservative author Marc Thiessen, the widespread use of mail-in ballots has exposed major shortcomings in local election infrastructure.
“It shows how unprepared some of these states are, particularly a key state like Pennsylvania, for the deluge of ballots coming in,” Thiessen told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Reports on Monday.
“The Democrats have pushed for this early voting and mail-in voting,” Thiessen continued, adding, “State laws are unprepared.”
Thiessen noted how the system isn’t set up for the surge of mail-in votes. “It makes perfect sense not to start counting the ballots or sorting them or touching them until Election Day if you only have a small number, but if you have a massive number, then it’s an entirely different matter, so I think Pennsylvania is going to drag this election out,” he said.
Could determine entire state
The Philadelphia mayor wrote an open letter about the situation quoted by Fox News: “Never in the history of this city have so many people voted by mail.”
Kenney’s letter continued, “By law, staffers are not allowed to start opening and counting these ballots until Election Day itself. That means getting a tally of mail-in ballots will easily take several days.”
“This may determine the outcome in Philadelphia, and in the Commonwealth as a whole,” he wrote.
With its 20 electoral college votes, the Keystone State is a major prize and the potential for voter fraud that may come with multiple days of counting ballots is a serious concern.