The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that all misdated or undated ballots must be set aside and not counted until it is decided to do with those ballots. Manufacturing votes by leaving out the dates are a favorite of the Democrats and right now it does not seem likely they will get away with it. Pennsylvania law is clear. Voters must sign and date their absentee ballots. Gov. Tom Wolf had instructed election officials t count all of these votes.
The court wrote:
“The Pennsylvania county boards of elections are hereby ORDERED to refrain from counting any absentee and mail-in ballots received for the November 8, 2022 general election that is contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.”
“We hereby DIRECT that the Pennsylvania county boards of elections segregate and preserve any ballots contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.”
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court opposes Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, which told local voting precincts to count these votes. Somehow, I get the feeling that many counties will count the votes anyway, defying the court.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called the court’s decision a “massive victory.”
This ruling is a massive victory for Pennsylvania voters and the rule of law. Following an RNC, NRCC, and PAGOP lawsuit, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has made clear that incorrectly dated and undated mail ballots can not be counted. Republicans went to court, and now Democrats and all counties have to follow the law: this is a milestone in Republicans’ ongoing efforts to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in Pennsylvania and nationwide.
The decision could be considered a victory for Republicans, but America First Policy Institute Center for Election Integrity chairman Ken Blackwell warned that this could just be a tactical fallback by the Democrats on the court.
This is a big win for election integrity, leaving open the question as to how a partisan Democrat state supreme court could have voted for it. There was a question about whether this requirement could be severed from other items the Left cares about. Given that, I’m raising my eyebrows as to whether this was a tactical retreat.
The justices were split about whether the date requirement for mail-in ballots would violate the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, which says immaterial errors should not be used to prohibit voting.
Three Democrat justices would find the dating requirement to be a violation of federal law, while one Democrat and two Republican justices see no violation. The justices’ opinions were not immediately released.
Out of the nearly 1.4 million mail-in ballots Pennsylvania voters requested, counties have reported receiving over 850,000 completed ballots, the Associated Press reported.
The case is Ball v. Chapman, No. 102 MM 2022, in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
It remains to be seen what will be done with these votes in the end, but we know for certain that counting those votes would violate the laws of Pennsylvania. If the Democrats need those votes in order to win, they will find some way to do it.