Pa. GOP has so far loudly opposed counting ballots without dates


Harrisburg, PA (AP) —The Republican Party threatened impeachment last year when the Philadelphia Election Commission prepared to count ballots mailed without a voter’s handwritten date. Currently, Republican Senators want the county to adopt the same approach.

Former hedge fund CEO David McCormick said in his final bid to close the gap of about 900 votes with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Press a mailing ballot without a date Will be counted.Senate Republican primary is not yet Too close to callNow, more than two weeks after the Pennsylvania primary, a mail vote in favor of McCormick could help him.

McCormick claims he wants all Republican votes to be counted in a contest to determine Republican candidates in one of the hottest Senate elections this year. However, McCormick called on the countless mailed ballots, and after the Republicans spent most of the two years accepting the lies of former President Donald Trump and voting “illegal”, the Republicans. Is placed in an uncomfortable place. About the scams that spread in the 2020 campaign.

“Now there seems to be nothing wrong with influencing the race the way you want,” said Mike Burley, a Republican campaign strategist in Pennsylvania who has no candidates for the Senate race.

National and state political parties are fighting McCormick in state courts, and the US Supreme Court can resolve the issue at any time.In any case, most Republicans believe McCormick is unlucky and unable to vote. By recountingRegardless of whether ballots without dates are counted.

In Pennsylvania, more registered Democrats vote by mail than registered Republicans.

So far, Republican leaders have been firmly united behind the idea that ballots that do not have the voter’s handwritten date on the envelope must be thrown away.

The law they inferred is clear in that respect — even if the date handwritten on the ballot played a role in determining whether voters were eligible or whether the ballot was thrown on time. Even if not.

And three days after the May 17th primary, Federal Court of Appeals ruled The dumping of such ballots, which originated in last year’s local elections, violates federal civil rights law.

McCormick argued that “all Republican votes are important” when trying to find a vote to overtake Trump-approved Oz, and in court, his lawyer Charles Cooper said in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the election law is to get people to vote, “Don’t play Gotcha games with them.”

McCormick’s pursuit accused of stealing the Legislative Seat when a state judge decided that he could count ballots after Philadelphia’s election authorities moved to count such ballots last year. After that, it brought a kind of whiplash to Republicans in that year’s elections.

But this time, the Republicans aren’t threatening to blow up judges or impeach the county election commission counting ballots.

Republican Rep. Seth Grove, who chairs the committee that drafts election-related legislation, said, “It’s not the case because it’s still in proceedings.”

In court, the Republican National Committee and the State Republican Party are against McCormick. But the party is not united in its efforts.

For example, the Butler County Republican Party, which supported McCormick, was not involved in the fight, said County Republican Chairman Al Lindsay.

County that already counts undated ballots without being forced includes both large and small Republican counties.

Sam Demarco, Republican chairman of the populous Allegheny County, said he was unaware that the Republicans had actually changed their minds about the law.

Rather, he heard from Republicans complaining about McCormick. “Because they think this is what Democrats do.”

In any case, he said, it would be better not to interfere with the Republican primary battle than to leave it to the general election.

“I just want to make a definitive decision. Personally, I’m happy that it’s happening in the primary, not in November, when the actual seats are reserved,” DeMarco said.

The Republican primary winner will face Democratic Vice Governor John Fetterman in November.

The campaign’s strategist, Barley, said the perception that the party had changed its position, or that some Republicans had anyway, set a dangerous precedent.

“What if it doesn’t work in November and you don’t want to count?” He asked.

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