Election deadlines in post-constitutional America

In October of 2019, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 77 of 2019. This extension to Pennsylvania's Election Code provided that all residents could avail themselves of "no excuse mail-in voting."  A key part of the Act is Section 1308 (g)(1)(ii): An absentee ballot cast by any absentee elector ... or a mail-in ballot cast by a mail-in elector shall be canvassed in accordance with this subsection if the absentee ballot or mail-in ballot is received in the office of the county board of elections no later than eight o'clock P.M. on the day of the primary or election. [Italics added.] I'm not a lawyer, but I've been using the English language for several weeks now, and I'd say that last clause pretty much sets a deadline for the receipt of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, and in the general election of 2020, that deadline would have been on November 3.  Even so, the...(Read Full Post)
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