In the November election in Pennsylvania, improper absentee ballots will not be counted because the state supreme court there has banned the practice of counting ballots that are misdated or undated. This comes at a time when Democrats are in dire need of all the assistance they can get because their agenda is facing a disaster at the polls.
According to court filings, the court instructed county election boards in Pennsylvania “to refrain from counting any absentee and mail-in ballots received for the November 8, 2022, general election that are contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.”
“The court said it was evenly divided on the issue of whether failing to count the undated ballots is a constitutional violation, and so it ordered that all the misdated or undated ballots be segregated and preserved by the county boards of elections,” Fox News reported, adding:
The RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Pennsylvania GOP filed the lawsuit on Oct. 16, arguing that the state is illegally dodging state law and a Supreme Court ruling by saying it will count undated absentee ballots. According to the GOP groups, Leigh Chapman, the Democratic acting secretary of state for Pennsylvania, had defied a U.S. Supreme Court decision and the Republican-majority Pennsylvania General Assembly by directing county election boards to count undated mail-in ballots.”
The report went on to add more details:
“The state serves as the arena for a closely fought contest between Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz for a seat that could decide control of the U.S. Senate.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel celebrated the ruling, calling it a “massive” legal victory.
“The PA Supreme Court agrees with us that incorrectly or undated mail ballots can not be counted in next week’s elections,” McDaniel tweeted. “Republicans went to court. Now Democrats have to follow the law.”
“An election official in Pennsylvania last week warned voters not to expect to know the results of the midterm elections next month for days,” Martin Walsh reported for Conservative brief, adding:
Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh Chapman told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd earlier this week that state law says election officials cannot begin counting early ballots until Election Day, Nov. 8. Meanwhile, votes cast on Election Day cannot be counted until after polling places close at 8 p.m. local time.”
“The best we can do is just manage expectations and let voters know that election officials need to do their job,” Chapman said. “They need to ensure that they’re counting every vote, and delays in results does not mean anything bad is happening. It doesn’t mean ballots are showing up out of nowhere. It’s because of that restriction where we can’t start preprocessing or canvassing those votes until election morning.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“One of the most closely-watched U.S. Senate races is taking place in Philadelphia, as Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Trump-backed GOP nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz face off in a race for retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey’s seat,” Walsh reported. CONTINUE READING…