The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday that Pennsylvania officials cannot count votes from mail-in or absentee ballots that lack accurate, handwritten dates on their return envelopes. The court directed county boards of elections to "segregate and preserve" those ballots – the total number of which, although small, could be enough to determine the winner in a close U.S. Senate race, for example.
Also this week, an appeals court and a county circuit judge in Wisconsin shot down attempts backed by liberals seeking orders that local election clerks must accept absentee ballots that contain partial addresses of witnesses. AP reports more than a half-million absentee ballots have already been returned or cast in person.
Jameson Taylor, director of policy and legislative affairs at AFA Action, emphasizes the importance of the two rulings.
"[It's] very important to show voters that there is still integrity in the election process," Taylor tells AFN. "The level of fraud and deceit in American politics has reached a frightening new level. The Left is saying that ballots that don't have the correct address, the correct date, the correct signature should count.
"[But] conservatives need to rise up and defend themselves or this might be the last real election that we ever get to vote in," he adds.
Speaking about the Pennsylvania ruling, Ronna McDaniel – head of the Republican National Committee – described it as a "massive" win for election integrity. The press secretary for Democratic Governor Tom Wolf said it merely emphasizes that "voters should carefully follow all instructions on the ballot and double-check before sending."
According to a Fox News report, the Fetterman-Oz Senate race is so close that, more than likely, every single vote will need to be counted for the winner to be clear. In fact, the state is already warning voters the final results probably won't be known on Tuesday night. Pennsylvania's action secretary of state, Leigh Chapman, explained that when such delays in counting occur, "it doesn't mean anything nefarious is happening …. It's just what the law is in Pennsylvania."
Editor's Note: AFA Action is an affiliate of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.