Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says she believes late-arriving mail ballots – which are the subject of ongoing litigation and could be invalidated later by the courts – probably won’t decide the outcome in the state.
The big question: How many of these ballots are there? About 10,000 of them were received on Wednesday across the state, an Allegheny County official told CNN, based on information from the governor’s office. The deadline is tomorrow.
There is an ongoing dispute about late-arriving ballots in the critical battleground state. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court previously ruled that ballots postmarked by Election Day, or with ineligible postmarks, that arrive by Friday should count. The US Supreme Court allowed that ruling to stand after deadlocking 4-4 on two requests from Republicans to intervene.
“From what we’re tracking so far, you know, counties are reporting anywhere from, smaller counties report from zero to some larger counties reported about 500 ballots received the day after Election Day,” Boockvar told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday. “So, you know, that’s not that many really, so unless it is super close, I don’t see them making or breaking this one way or another. In the meantime, we are counting every ballot.”
A source involved with the canvassing in Philadelphia says they estimate there will have 1,000 of these late-arriving mail-in ballots received by the Friday deadline.
These segregated ballots have not been counted there yet. Officials in Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, told CNN that they had received around 500 late-arriving ballots since the polls closed.