US Midterms: Pa. Court Says Misdated Mail-In Ballots Won't Be Counted

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The Facts

  • General election ballots that are mailed in undated or incorrectly dated envelopes cannot be counted by election boards, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

  • The decision came after the acting [Democratic] Secretary of State decided that undated ballots would be included in the final count ahead of this month's midterms. According to the court's order, the state's county board of elections will separate and preserve ballots that meet these criteria, rather than count them.

The Spin

Republican narrative

This is a victory for the voters of Pennsylvania. Republicans have protected the rule of law by successfully taking this flaw in voting security to court. The GOP is helping to uphold democracy by safeguarding election integrity.

Democratic narrative

This ruling will do nothing except disenfranchise voters based on an irrelevant technicality. The GOP has, once again, undermined democracy by deliberately making it harder for Democrats to vote, in violation of the federal Civil Rights Act. In such close upcoming elections, a minority of erroneous votes could swing the results — Democrats must vote carefully in this precarious situation.

Nerd narrative

There is a 49% chance that Mehmet Oz will win the 2022 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Political split



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