The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will foot the postage bill for mail-in-ballots in November’s general election, officials announced Friday.
The state government plans to use money from the federal emergency coronavirus aid bill to cover the cost of postage, which could total several million dollars to cover 55 cents per ballot, NBC 10 Philadelphia reported.
Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, said paying for postage makes voting more accessible, safer, and easier during the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the state’s plan, voters who receive a mail-in or absentee ballot will also receive a postage-paid ballot return envelope.
The postage coverage comes as the state plans to increase its vote-by-mail push in the battleground state.
President Donald Trump has long berated Democrats over vote-by-mail, claiming it leads to an increase in voter fraud. He has warned that activists could take ballots out of mailboxes, double-count ballots, or print