Mail-in voting law spurring new tensions over elections

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 15: Protest material that resemble mail-in election ballots are seen as demonstrators gather on Kalorama Park to protest President Donald Trump donor and current U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy on August 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. The protests are in response to a recent statement by President Trump to withhold USPS funding that would ensure that the post office would be unable handle mail-in voting ballots for the upcoming 2020 Election. Photo credit Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — County officials are reprising their call for fixes to Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law to help them run a smoother election in November, as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration told counties that they must not count mailed-in ballots without the voter’s handwritten date on the envelope. The counties’ call for action Tuesday comes amid a partisan stalemate over how to fix shortcomings or gray areas in Pennsylvania’s 2019 expansive mail-in voting law. Meanwhile, a top state election official told counties that voters must date their mail-in ballot envelope for their ballot to count. Philadelphia and its suburban counties decided to count undated ballots in the May 18 primary election.