Pennsylvania remains in the spotlight this week as the nation debates the various issues involved in massive mail-in voting and how it may impact the results of the election in November. Not being set up to handle millions of people voting by mail, the Keystone State is working to provide more options for residents to cast their votes. These efforts include the option of voting early at a limited number of in-person polling places where mail-in ballots could be dropped off. We can debate the merits of early voting at another time, but at least some voters in Philadelphia will be able to make their voices heard in advance and get this chore out of the way and be done with it.
Or at least that was the plan, anyway. But when hundreds of people showed up recently to do precisely that, an unpleasant surprise awaited them. There were long lines of people standing around and hoping to submit their ballots, but the state’s computerized ballot system had collapsed as soon as the polls opened and voting was not yet possible. (CBS Philadelphia)
Today was the first day for voters in Philadelphia to start dropping off their mail-in ballots in person. The hope is these satellite centers will make it even easier for those voters who are a bit confused about where to go or how to vote.
Excitement was in the air at the Liacouras Center as the first person dropped off their mail-in ballot, but there were a few hiccups on the first day.
The state computerized voting system was down when the satellite centers first opened, leaving some people on line for over an hour-and-a-half.
“We had two issues: people unable to log in and then connecting to the printers over the same network,” Deputy Commissioner Nick Custodio said.