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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday that absentee and mail-in ballots with missing or incorrect dates are invalid and cannot be counted.
“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 are contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes,” states the edict.
In a tweet, Republican National Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel celebrated the breaking news, saying, “Now Democrats have to follow the law.” The Republican victory triumphs over an unlawful October advisory from the Pennsylvania Department of State that requested counties to tabulate undated ballots.
As a result of the request, the Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and Pennsylvania GOP filed a lawsuit last month to contest the order by PA Department of State, directed by Democrat Leigh Chapman.
Moreover, the court split evenly on whether the decision would violate the federal Civil Rights Act. Therefore, state county boards of elections are ordered to “segregate and preserve any ballots contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.” The Commonwealth state is no stranger to election controversy. Recently, Verify Vote, an election integrity group, revealed that 249,000 ballots were mailed last month to “unverified voters” in Pennsylvania.
Additionally, the report insinuates that the PA Department of State is fostering an environment vulnerable for voter corruption. “Guidance and directives from the PA Department of State instruct counties to register and mail ballots to voters who provide invalid ID or no ID,” states the report.
In six days, all eyes will be on Pennsylvania during the midterm elections on Nov. 8. In a hotly contested battle for the U.S. Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz will square off against Democrat candidate John Fetterman. Furthermore, Trump-endorsed candidate George Mastriano seeks to defeat Democrat Josh Shapiro in the state’s gubernatorial race.