A judge in Pennsylvania has made a ruling in an election case that is not going to sit well with a lot of people.
U.S. District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter has ruled that undated mail-in ballots that are received on time will be counted with regular ballots.
The decision in the case is expected to be appealed, going before the 3rd U.S. District Court of Appeals.
Follow the Law
I am starting to wonder why we even have laws on the books if nobody is going to follow them, even judges.
This latest ruling is just baffling, dismissing a key component to block election fraud.
Now, I have done mail-in voting just to test the system, and it is a bit tedious, but that is for a reason.
To try to avoid election fraud, states have very specific procedures that must be followed in order for the ballot to be considered valid.
One of them is the dating of the ballot, yet Judge Baxter has decided that even if the voters disregard the dating of the ballot, as long as the ballot is received on time, the ballot will still have to be counted.
The ruling stated, “The Court has concluded that the Commonwealth’s mandatory application of its Date Requirement violates the Materiality Provision of the Civil Rights Act.
“Since the Court is confident that the Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment should be granted on that basis, there is no need to reach their constitutional claim (and) the Plaintiffs’ equal protection claim will be dismissed.”
Pennsylvania, or more specifically, Philadelphia, has a long history of voter fraud, so I fully expect Republicans to pounce on this.
By and large, early and mail-in voting is used by Democrats, so this clearly helps them far more in a general election.