While we're in the final days before the election, Democrats are still doing everything in their power to make sure that we don't have a safe and fair election.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the oldest appellate court in the US, ruled on Friday that absentee or mail-in ballots cannot be rejected by the county boards of elections based on signature comparisons, as written in an Opinion signed by six justices ( five Democrats and one Republican; the other Republican who serves as the seventh justice concurred with the Supreme Court's ruling ).
The voter's declaration is required to appear on the official ballot return envelope for the absentee/mail-in ballot and it includes the voter's signature.
Two Republican justices joined five Democratic justices in the decision.
The verdict was a victory for the state’s top election official, Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat who had asked the court to back her up in a legal dispute with President Donald Trump’s campaign and Republican lawmakers.
“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 justices wrote.
PA Supreme Court's ruling represents a victory for Kathy Boockvar, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a Democrat, who had requested declaratory relief.
Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are locked in a battle to win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.
Consequently, local election officials are not allowed to toss absentee or mail-in ballots when voters' signatures on voter rolls and their signatures on ballots don't match.
Pennsylvania is one of the critical electoral battleground states, but mail-in ballots cannot be processed by PA election officials before November 3. Nearly 1.5 million people in PA have already submitted their early voting ballots.