Supreme Court says Pennsylvania mail-in ballots without dates on them are okay

Nearly two years after the 2020 election debacle, Americans still are dealing with ballot chaos.

In the latest blow to election integrity, the Supreme Court has ruled that mail-in ballots without dates on them can be counted in Pennsylvania, the Hill reported.

Supreme Court allows undated mail ballots in PA

Three conservatives, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, dissented. The case arose from a local election last year, but it has obvious implications for the midterm elections and beyond.

The Court’s move leaves in place a finding from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals that despite state law, mail ballots without dates on the envelope must be counted under the Civil Rights Act, the court said.

But Justice Alito sensibly noted that one’s failure to fill out a ballot correctly does not mean they have been disenfranchised.

“When a mail-in ballot is not counted because it was not filled out correctly, the voter is not denied the right to vote,” Alito wrote.

“Rather, that individual’s vote is not counted because he or she did not follow the rules for casting a ballot. Casting a vote, whether by following the directions for using a voting machine or completing a paper ballot, requires compliance with certain rules.”

Ballot chaos persists

The Supreme Court failed to consider disputes over Pennsylvania’s bitterly contested voting rules before the 2020 election, which saw an unprecedented blizzard of mail-in ballots that led to several days of counting in swing states before Joe Biden was declared the victor.

The extremely bizarre circumstances led to persistent doubts about the election’s fairness, and Trump has claimed that the 2020 election was “rigged” by Democratic party machines operating in liberal cities such as Philadelphia.

A former Democratic lawmaker based in Philly, Ozzie Myers, recently pled guilty to an elaborate ballot-stuffing scheme in Pennsylvania elections from 2014 to 2018.

There was more ballot chaos in Pennsylvania recently with the Republican Senate primary, which went on for two weeks before Dr. Oz claimed victory.

Oz’s Senate race will be one of the most crucial in deciding control of the upper house of Congress. Americans deserve confidence that the results will be legitimate. How has this issue still not been resolved?

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