Pennsylvania doesn’t offer early in-person voting, and waits until Election Day morning to begin counting absentee ballots. Those two factors create the possibility of real chaos this year, as millions of the state’s voters are exercising their franchise using a mail-in ballot due to the pandemic. In the event of a close race, it could result in a contested-election battle like Florida’s in 2000, delaying the result for weeks.
The simple answer is to allow county boards of election to begin counting those mail-in ballots now and not wait until Nov. 3. The Republican-controlled legislature should work with Gov. Tom Wolf and do just that.