Pennsylvania ballots can’t be tossed out over voters' signatures, court says

The prospect of disqualified mail-in ballots poses a greater threat to Biden’s candidacy.

10/24/2020 12:40:00 AM

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court rules unanimously on a key concern surrounding an avalanche of mailed ballots, prohibiting counties from rejecting them if the voter’s signature on it does not resemble the signature on the voter’s registration form.

The prospect of disqualified mail-in ballots poses a greater threat to Biden’s candidacy.

In her court filing, Boockvar had said that any such rejections pose “a grave risk of disenfranchisement on an arbitrary and wholly subjective basis,” and without any opportunity for a voter to verify their signature before their ballot is disqualified.

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Republican lawmakers and the Trump campaign had argued that the law is clear that election officials must compare the information on the mail-in ballot envelope, including a voter’s signature, to a voter’s information on file to determine a person’s qualifications to vote.

Pennsylvaniahas no law mandating that voters get an opportunity to fix an irregularity with their ballot before it is disqualified, and discussions about it in the Legislature in recent weeks deadlocked in a wider partisan fight shadowed by the presidential election.

In a statement, Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, called the decision a “win for voters.”Voters who use a mail-in ballot have their identity verified in their initial application, often using a driver’s license number, he said.“Pennsylvania’s voter identification system is safe and secure,” he said. “We are protecting every eligible vote and ensuring each is counted.”

The decision comes amid a surge in mail-in voting and rising concerns that tens of thousands of mailed ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over a variety of technicalities.Some voters say that signing on a digital screen when getting or renewing their driver’s license is awkward and results in a signature that doesn’t resemble theirs on paper.

County election officials say people’s signatures change over time, with age or medical conditions.They also say questions about whether a voter’s signature is valid have historically been rare and, because of that, there has never before been a debate about it until now, with coronavirus concerns fueling interest in voting by mail under a year-old law that vastly expanded it.

In the Nov. 3 presidential election, more than 2.9 million voters in Pennsylvania have requested mail-in ballots, more than 10 times the number in 2016′s presidential election and many of them from people who have never voted by mail before.About half have been returned to election offices, according to state election officials.

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There goes Republicans chances in PA. You hate to see it. 🤣 Really.... No one has an issue with this? What is the fraud detection technique employed otherwise? No from Pennsylvania, so genuinely curious Wow, no chance for fraud there... Perfect. Makes voter fraud soooo much more seemless while it sounds like a good practice esp in light of voter authentication, it isn't in the law, and the court can't make up that it is. Where was this principle regarding the 3 day extension?

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