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Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court rules mail-in ballots will count even if signatures don’t match

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Published on: October 25, 2020

Unbelievable corruption from the Left. Changing the rules of an election with just over a week is beyond disgraceful. But this is the world that we live in because of the corrupt Dems, who know they can’t defeat President Trump fairly.

God help us if the Democrats take power on November 3rd. Watch your back, Mr. President. Vote in person, America.

Pa. Supreme Court rules mail-in ballots will count even if signatures don’t match

By Washington Times, October 23, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that election officials must accept mail-in ballots even if the signatures on them don’t match those on file for a voter.

The justices said nothing in the state’s laws required signatures to be verified, so if election officials are satisfied with the vote save for the signature, they cannot reject it.

“We, therefore, grant the Secretary’s petition for declarative relief, and direct the county boards of elections not to reject absentee or mail-in ballots for counting, computing, and tallying based on signature comparisons conducted by county election officials or employees, or as the result of third- party challenges based on such comparisons,” Justice Debra Todd wrote in the opinion for a unanimous court.

President Trump’s campaign had challenged the state over the issue.

Signature matching is considered a key check in many states that run elections through the mail, and election officials are trained in how to spot matches and to question signatures that don’t appear to match.

But though Pennsylvania asks voters to sign a declaration on mail ballots, the state’s new laws over the past two years expanding vote-by-mail options don’t require those signatures to match, the state court says.

In Oregon, which pioneered vote-by-mail and where every voter is automatically mailed a ballot, thousands of votes are disqualified in each election because signatures didn’t match.

The state does give voters a chance to “cure” the error and have their vote count, though not all voters are able to be reached, and some don’t bother to fix the situation, particularly if Election Day has already passed.

In Pennsylvania, voters who cast ballots by mail are supposed to sign a declaration on the envelope used to mail back their ballot.

Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller

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