There will likely be tens of thousands of updated and wrongly dated ballots rejected statewide under a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling.
Posted BY: Wyatt | NwoReport
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s campaign for U.S. Senate has joined the legal fight over whether mail ballots with no date or the incorrect date should be counted in Tuesday’s election.
The Democratic campaign sued Pennsylvania elections officials Monday asking a federal judge to order that all mail ballots be counted regardless of what date, if any, voters wrote on the outside of the envelope.
State law requires that voters handwrite a date on the outer envelope when returning their mail ballots, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that undated and wrongly dated mail ballots be set aside and not counted. The court issued a follow-up order Saturday setting specific date ranges that the handwritten dates must fall within.
There will likely be tens of thousands of updated and wrongly dated ballots rejected statewide under that ruling. Because mail ballots are so disproportionately used by Democrats over Republicans, that will likely mean thousands, if not tens of thousands, of net votes for Fetterman that are rejected.
Fetterman is locked in a tight race with celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee, a contest that will help determine which party controls the Senate. And in a campaign that polls suggest is neck-and-neck, every vote counts.
The Fetterman campaign sued in federal court in Pittsburgh, joined by the Democrats’ U.S. House and Senate campaign arms, as well as two Democratic voters in Erie County who submitted updated mail ballots. They argue that the handwritten date requirement is a technicality and not used to determine whether votes were legally cast.