This report from WTAE in Pittsburgh is getting some attention today. About 2 million Pennsylvanians have requested mail-in-ballots for the 2020 election but there are concerns that not everyone knows how they should be returned.
The ballots come with three parts: The ballot itself, a “secrecy envelope” which is just an envelope with the words “Official Election Ballot” printed on the front, and the outer envelope in which you mail everything back to the state. The problem is that some people haven’t been putting their ballots inside the secrecy envelope before mailing it back. In the primary election that wouldn’t have mattered but because of a state supreme court decision issued last week, these so-called “naked ballots” will not be counted in the general election. And here’s why that could be a very big deal:
Melanie Ostrander is the elections director for Washington County.
Washington County, like many others, counted these ballots for the June primary, but won’t be allowed to in November.
“We had a little over 22,000 ballots in the primary and approximately 1,000 were considered ‘naked ballots,'” Ostrander said.