Pennsylvania judge dismisses latest GOP mail ballot lawsuit

A Pennsylvania judge, on Thursday March 23rd, has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee that attempted to prevent counties from helping voters make sure their ballots count by fixing minor, technical issues on mail ballot envelopes. The judge said county courts, not statewide courts, have jurisdiction. Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler agreed with the state’s Democratic administration in the ruling, emphasizing that the counties themselves have the authority under state law to make rules, regulations and instructions necessary to run an election. The lawsuit was one of many filed by Republicans over the past three years in an effort to stop mail-in voting in Pennsylvania or, at least, to throw out mail-in ballots that had been cast.

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