Swing State Court Deals Blow To Election Transparency

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday ruled that mail ballots cannot be discarded based on a perceived mismatch between signatures appearing on a voter’s application and their actual ballot.

The unanimous ruling was a blow for the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, which had pushed for a strict matching requirement in the key battleground state that President Trump won in 2016 by fewer than 45,000 votes.

The decision came in response to a request by Pennsylvania’s Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar for clarity on the Keystone State’s mail ballot rule. The decision resolved a simmering conflict between Boockvar and the Trump campaign, with the court favoring Boockvar’s interpretation of Pennsylvania’s election code.

“[We] hold that county 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,” the court wrote.

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