Voter suppression efforts ARE alive and ongoing by Republicans who are looking for ANYWAY to cut back Democrat efforts to increase voting for the November 3rd election..…
A Pennsylvania election official said Monday that the state’s recent ruling governing so-called “naked ballots”—mandating that any ballots that arrive without a proper envelope must be discounted—could cause more than 100,000 mail-in ballots to be rejected statewide and could swing the presidential election because of the Pennsylvania’s key role as a swing state.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling declared that mail-in ballots cannot be counted if they’re returned without a secrecy envelope, an extra envelope that the ballot goes in before it is placed in a larger mailing envelope.
The ruling was a win for the Trump campaign and Republican Party in their broader legal effort against mail-in voting rules, as they claim that ballots returned without the envelope will display personal voter information and be more susceptible to voter fraud.
In a letter to state legislative leaders, Philadelphia elections chief Lisa Deeley calculated that the ruling would likely result in 30,000 to 40,000 ballots getting rejected in Philadelphia alone—based on a 2019 election in which 6.4% of ballots were returned without the envelope—and potentially more than 100,000 statewide.
The high level of expected rejections may result in “electoral chaos” and a “significant post-election legal controversy, the likes of which we have not seen since Florida in 2000,” Deeley warned.
Deeley argued that secrecy envelopes are a “vestige of the past” that will make counting ballots take twice as long, cost thousands of dollars and only serve to “disenfranchise” voters, calling on legislators to urgently pass legislation that would eliminate the envelopes.
16. That’s the number of states that are required to use secrecy envelopes for absentee ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, while other states have different measures in place to ensure voters’ privacy as ballots are opened….