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Pennsylvania appeals court orders election officials to track mail-in ballots without dated envelopes – JURIST

A Pennsylvania intermediate appeals court has ordered state election officials to track U.S. Senate primary mail-in ballots without dated envelopes.

The lawsuit for the counting of postal ballots has been filed gohe is campaigning David McCormickasking Pennsylvania to count the ballots even if they missed the required handwritten date on the outer envelope. McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz are in close competition in the Republican primary contest for Pennsylvania’s open seat in the Senate.

Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer’s reasoning included that “the absence of a handwritten date on the outer envelope could be considered a ‘minor irregularity’ without a compelling reason justifying the disenfranchisement of otherwise eligible voters by not not counting their ballot received in due time”. Additionally, Jubelirer urged the power to reject ballots for “minor irregularities” to be “used sparingly, and voters should not be disenfranchised except for compelling reasons.”

When a final decision on the counting of undated ballots is made, “the Acting Clerk will have the necessary reports from the county councils”.

Thursday’s ruling comes after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary order earlier this week that blocked counting of some Pennsylvania mail-in ballots which do not have a handwritten date.