At least half the mail-in ballots requested in the battleground state of Pennsylvania for the Nov. 3 elections have already been cast, and Democrats are outpacing Republicans by a wide margin, according to Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.
“It’s almost exactly the total number of Pennsylvanians who voted by mail in the [June] primary, and we still have 11 days ago,” Boockvar told Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI.
Just under 1.5 million people have cast mail-in or absentee ballots, Boockvar, a Democrat, said. Republicans have returned 293,318 ballots, while Democrats have sent back a little over 1 million ballots. Voters who do not have a party affiliation listed have returned 132,680 ballots.
According to a USA Today-Suffolk University poll released this week, Democrat nominee Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points.
Biden is campaigning in Pennsylvania this weekend, with former President Barack Obama making stops in the state earlier this week.
Trump has appearances planned Saturday in North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday, based on Boockvar’s request for clarity on the mail-in ballot issue, that mailed ballots cannot be thrown out if it is perceived signatures on a voter registration application and the ballot do not match.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled mailed-in ballots can still be counted up to three days after Election Day, so long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.
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