Pennsylvania court says undated ballots won’t count as RNC claims ‘huge’ legal victory
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has banned the counting of undated or undated absentee ballots in the upcoming midterm elections.
In an order issued Tuesday, the court told Pennsylvania’s county boards of elections to “refrain from counting all absentee ballots and mail-in ballots for the November 8, 2022 general election that are in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.” .
The court said it was “evenly divided” on whether failing to count undated ballots was a constitutional violation, and ordered that any erroneous or undated ballots be separated and preserved by county election boards.
Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), responded to the court order in a tweet Tuesday night, claiming a “massive” legal victory. “The PA Supreme Court agrees with us that inaccurate or undated ballots cannot be counted in next week’s election,” McDaniel tweeted. “The Republicans went to court. Now the Democrats have to follow the law.”
The RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Pennsylvania GOP filed a lawsuit on Oct. 16, claiming the state is illegally circumventing state laws and a Supreme Court ruling by saying it will count undated absentee ballots.
According to GOP groups, Leigh Chapman, the Democratic acting secretary of state for Pennsylvaniadefied a ruling by the US Supreme Court and the Republican-majority Pennsylvania General Assembly by ordering county election boards to count undated ballots.
The state serves as the arena for a heated contest between Pennsylvania Gov. John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz for a seat that could decide control of the U.S. Senate.
The order stated that there will be an opinion of the judges.
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