Philadelphia’s mayor warned that election workers won’t start counting mail-in ballots until Election Day — and will take “several days” to tally results — adding a critical wrinkle to the election in the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania, according to a report.
In an open letter to Philadelphia residents, Mayor Jim Kenney urged patience, WCAU reported Monday.
“After the polls close, and in the ensuing days, we will continue to need your patience,” reads the letter signed by Kenney and Lisa Deeley, the chairwoman of the Philadelphia City Commissioners.
“Never in the history of this city have so many people voted by mail. By law, staffers are not allowed to start opening and counting these ballots until Election Day itself,” it continued. “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. So, again, please be patient.”
Philadelphia election officials said they have received more than 400,000 absentee and mail-in ballots.
They will begin to be counted when polls open at 7 a.m.
The delay in counting votes in Democrat-heavy Philadelphia could mean that President Trump may open up a huge lead in Pennsylvania over Joe Biden only to see it disappear as the City of Brotherly Love tallies its vote.
Trump on Sunday said his campaign will be sending teams of lawyers into swing states to challenge mail-in ballot extensions.
“We’re going to go in the night of — as soon as the election is over — we’re going in with our lawyers,” Trump told reporters in North Carolina.
The Supreme Court granted Pennsylvania a three-day extension to count mail-in ballots.
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