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While voters whose applications are turned down will still be able to cast ballots in-person on election day, the mail-in mishaps and the lack of clarity from officials could discourage some residents altogether.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly taken aim at universal mail-in voting, deeming it highly vulnerable to fraud and errors, even warning the system could mar the result of the 2020 race. Though there’s no indication the issues in Pennsylvania are linked to fraud, similar difficulties elsewhere in the country – such as one Ohio county that mailed out 50,000 invalid ballots last week – will likely only deepen skepticism in distance voting.
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