Another change is coming to the election which will give post offices some relief. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled mail-in ballots can be deposited into drop boxes which are administered by each county.
Lehigh County officials just voted today to approve the installment of five drop boxes.
President Donald J. Trump sued all 67 counties in Pennsylvania saying drop boxes are illegal and votes put in them would not be counted, but the PA Supreme Court shot that down. Now Lehigh County is adding five drop boxes throughout the county for voters who fear the USPS will not deliver their vote on time. And the election board here said all of those locations are secure.
"We're not just putting drop boxes on street corners and out in farmers fields. We're putting them in safe, secure areas where there will be video surveillance and people there watching." said county executive Philips Armstrong.
Municipal buildings will be used as the locations during business hours. For Slatington and Washington Township voters, the closest dropbox will be at the North Whitehall township building on Levans Road. The other four are in Catasauqua, Upper Macungie, Emmaus, and the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown. The government center is the only one that will be available 24 hours. For election chief Tim Benyo, he's confident in the safety. His only concern is logistics.
"The board has to appoint people to pick up and drop off. I already have the chain of custody process already pretty much written out." he said.
The dropboxes should be ready in about two weeks. By law they must be under 24 hour surveillance and attached to a permanent structure. The mail-in ballots must be collected every 24 hours. The election board is just hoping there are no more changes.
"Like everything else this election season, the drop box policy could change between now and election time. But the proposal set forth complies with the law as it stands today" said deupty solicitor Sarah Murray.
When asked if drop boxes would be used in future elections, executive Armstrong said he can't commit to anything and just wants to get through this 2020 presidential election.