According to Fox News, the Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Leigh Chapman, has announced that in her state election officials should count ballots that arrive with improperly filled out envelopes even though the U.S. Supreme Court’s guidance on the matter regarding ballots that arrive in envelopes with typos or incorrect data.
So if there’s incorrect information or no signature or date – it’s no problemo.
Chapman wrote about the situation, “Every county is expected to include undated ballots in their official returns for the Nov. 8 election, consistent with the Department of State’s guidance. That guidance followed the most recent ruling of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court holding that both Pennsylvania and federal law prohibit excluding legal votes because the voter omitted an irrelevant date on the ballot return envelope.”
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The May 2022 decision from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ballots must be counted regardless of an undated envelope and that it had no bearing on the voter’s eligibility and violated civil rights.
The U.S. Supreme Court said that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision was moot, declaring the lower-court decision invalid on procedural grounds – but Chapman is ignoring them.
But why not? Because who’s gonna stop her? All kinds of voting shenanigans went on in 2020 and they weren’t stopped, investigated properly or prosecuted. So the Democrats do what they want to do.
Still, the Republicans are giving it a shot to protect voter integrity and it was reported on Monday that a group of them are taking the fight to the state’s high court to block undated mail-in ballots from being counted, making the state follow Pennsylvania election law that requires voters to sign and date the outer envelope when mailing in ballots.
But who is to say that Chapman cares about what they say either?
It’s not hard to see why the Democrats want as many mail-in ballots counted as possible, no matter what is missing on the envelope. In the 2020 election, about 90% of the Pennsylvania ballots turned in were from Democrats – and this year’s senate race in Pennsylvania between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz is a big one. The other big race is for governor between Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano.