After Supreme Court ruling, GOP sues Pennsylvania over counting of undated mail-in ballots

Undated ballots "should not be counted," plaintiffs claim.

Updated: October 18, 2022 - 11:19am

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A coalition of Republicans this week has brought a lawsuit against the state of Pennsylvania seeking to force the government there to follow state law and toss out mail-in ballots that lack a required date. 

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court sided with another Republican politician in the state and invalidated hundreds of mail-in ballots that the state had previously counted even though they lacked a date along with the voter signature. 

In a lawsuit filed late on Monday, the Republican National Committee, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee as well as the Pennsylvania state GOP, sued the state government for "planning to illegally accept undated mail-in ballots" in spite of the Supreme Court's ruling. 

“As the Pennsylvania legislature and U.S. Supreme Court have made clear, undated mail-in ballots should not be counted," the plaintiffs said in a joint statement.

"Republicans are holding Pennsylvania Democrats accountable for their brazen defiance of the Supreme Court and the rules duly set by the legislature," they claimed further. "Pennsylvania Democrats have a history of election integrity failures and Pennsylvanians deserve better: this lawsuit is the latest step in Republican efforts to promote free, fair, and transparent elections in the Keystone State.”

The administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered counties to continue counting undated ballots in the wake of last week's court ruling.

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