Republicans Celebrate ‘Massive Win’ After PA Supreme Court Makes Mail-In Ballot Ruling Just in Time for Midterms

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In what Republicans are hailing as a “milestone” decision, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered state election officials not to count general election mail-in ballots that arrive in undated or incorrectly dated envelopes.

Those ballots must be set aside and left uncounted, according to the court decision.

“The Pennsylvania county boards of elections are hereby ORDERED 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 decision by the six-judge court read.

The judges were split on whether the move violated federal election law, an impasse caused by the recent death of Chief Justice Max Baer, which left a vacancy on the court that has not yet been filled.

“The case is the result of the lawsuit brought by state and national Republicans last month that alleged Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of commonwealth was circumventing the General Assembly by telling county boards to count ballots returned in a timely manner, but without a dated envelope,” CNN reported.

While the decision obviously applies equally to all ballots, regardless of the party affiliation of the voter who completed it, the result of the decision is likely to help Republicans. According to The Wall Street Journal, Democrats accounted for roughly 70 percent of the 1.4 million mail-in ballot requests this year.

Assuming that Republicans and Democrats fill out their ballot envelopes with equal accuracy — and equal inaccuracy — the decision should result in two Democrat ballots set aside for every one from a Republican, more or less.

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