Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Mail-In Ballots Cannot Be Rejected When Signatures Don’t Match

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that mail-in ballots cannot be rejected when signatures don’t match those on voting files.

“[C]ounty boards of elections are prohibited from rejecting absentee or mail-in ballots based on signature comparison conducted by county election officials or employees, or as the result of third-party challenges based on signature analysis and comparisons,” wrote Justice Debra Todd (D) in the decision.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh had sued the state, challenging the policy of “signature matching.”

The suit was dropped after the Pennsylvania Department of State issued statewide guidance to counties that ballots should be counted if they are signed – without any analysis or comparison of signatures. The Trump campaign challenged that in federal court and lost.

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