Supremes Rule Ballots Missing Required Info Can’t Be Counted

Court Rules Ballots Missing Required Info Can't Be Counted

  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with an unsuccessful Republican candidate for a judgeship in Pennsylvania and threw out a lower court’s ruling that had allowed the counting of mail-in ballots in the race that he had sought to exclude because voters neglected to write the date on them.
  • After learning the Supreme Court vacated the circuit court’s decision, the state House Republican Caucus urged Democratic Governor Tom Wolf to accept the ruling and focus on election security.
  • “The plain language of the Pennsylvania Election Code and the legislative intent is clear: Ballots must be dated,” caucus spokesman Jason Gottesman said in a statement. “Instead of continuing to try to legislate through contradictory and confusing guidance documents and relying on conflicting court opinions, the administration would be better spending its time working on comprehensive Election Code changes that can resolve these sorts of outstanding issues through the normal process and also bring uniformity, accessibility, modernization, and security to our elections.”
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