(ThePatriotSource.com)- Pennsylvania could well be the state that chooses the results of the presidential election, but reports are now suggesting that mail-in ballots in 7 counties that voted for Trump in 2016 won’t be counted until after election day.
Election officials from Mercer, Montour, Juniata, Greene, Franklin, Cumberland, and Beaver have all said that they will need more time to count votes in their counties owing to a lack of resources and staff. It comes after a Supreme Court ruling that said ballots could be accepted and counted even if they arrived as late as three days after election day.
While it could delay the results of the election, the fact that seven pro-Trump counties are expected to be counting votes so late could ultimately be a nasty surprise for the Democrats.
Joe Biden and the Democrats have long expected to win states like Pennsylvania on early and mail-in votes, but these seven counties could hamper his expectations to win Pennsylvania days or weeks after the election takes place.
Cumberland County spokeswoman Samantha Krepps said to CNN that they will report poll numbers on election day, but they will have three days to “start the canvassing of the mail-in ballot.”
“So, we took the opportunity to focus our attention on the election at the polls and then we will switch gears the next day,” she said. “It’s just a matter of getting the job done and we are focusing our attention on the polls because they are the most important thing on Election Day.”
If votes had been required to arrive on election day – the day when votes are meant to be cast – then officials would have been able to count the votes as if they were cast at polling stations on the day.
According to CBS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar is pushing for the pro-Trump counties to start their counting on Tuesday. Speaking to the media last week, Boockvar reportedly said that she wants every county to start on Election day.
“Even if you could only do part [of the process], to get started as early as humanly possible on Election Day matters for every single county of any size,” she said. “I want every one of them starting it on Election Day.”
Should Trump counties take longer to count their votes, it will likely mean Democrats become less confident about the concept of the “Red Mirage” – whereby the president wins the state early but loses it later when all mail-in ballots have been counted.