States Need to Process Mail-in Ballots Early

Mail-in ballots are counted in Chester County, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2020. (Rachel Wisniewski/Reuters)
The delay in Pennsylvania is a national embarrassment.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T here’s the morning after, and then there’s the morning after the morning after.

The presidential election was Tuesday, and as of mid-morning Thursday we did not know the result. Pennsylvania — long thought to be a potential tipping point in the Electoral College — still had more than 10 percent of its vote to count. This wasn’t a Florida-in-2000 kind of situation where the vote was close and disputed and a bunch of recounts were underway; Pennsylvania officials just hadn’t tallied all the ballots they’d known since the get-go they’d need to count.

The backstory of why this happened is instructive, a

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