Because Pennsylvania’s state supreme court prohibited the practice of having to count ballots that were incorrectly dated or undelivered, improper absentee ballots will not be counted in the November election. This decision comes at a time when Democrats are in desperate need of all the support they can muster because their agenda is in danger of failing miserably at the polls.
The court instructed the county election boards in PA to “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 election,” According to Fox News, 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.”
Later in the report, new information was added:
“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.”
Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, hailed the decision as a “massive” legal triumph.
“The PA Supreme Court agrees with us that incorrectly or undated mail ballots can not be counted in next week’s elections,” According to McDaniel tweet. “Republicans went to court. Now Democrats have to follow the law.”
According to Martin Walsh’s post for Conservative Brief, “An election official in Pennsylvania last week warned voters not to expect to know the results of the midterm elections next month for days.”
Leigh Chapman, the interim secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, said Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier this week that according to state law, “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 stated. “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.
The contest has become especially noteworthy after Fetterman suffered a stroke earlier this year and has yet to fully recover. In fact, many have begun to question his cognitive abilities after an interview that aired earlier this month and a debate he had with Oz this week.
People on Capitol Hill, including Democrats, thought the performance of Fetterman was “painful to watch,” Axios reported. CONTINUE READING…