The Supreme Court of the United States just issued a surprise ruling…
The original case was brought forward by David Ritter, a former Republican candidate for judge.
In his original suit, Ritter claimed that 257 ballots, that did not have dates on them, should not have been counted in his race. Ritter lost his race…
His case was dismissed as moot, but SCOTUS has since ruled that the Republican case can proceed and that the Third Circuit’s previous ruling cannot be used as precedent. This will not change the outcome of Ritter’s bid for a judgeship.
Liberals were not too happy with the ruling:
On this breaking news story in Allentown and learning that SCOTUS just vacated a ruling to count undated mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.
It's quite the news day…
— Stephanie Sigafoos (@ssigafoos) October 11, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court backs Republican in Pennsylvania ballots case.
The 3rd Circuit got it right. The right-wingers of SCOTUS, including Clarence Thomas, are bent on invalidating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of '65.https://t.co/GBexE04esW
— Pooetryman (@POOetryman) October 11, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court backs sore loser in Pennsylvania ballots case
There is nothing in Constitution requiring signature to cast a ballot
@ChuckGrassley purchased SCOTUS justices just making shit up
$3M wasted on Brett https://t.co/UDvxKRufIv
— Comments on Iowa (@commentoniowa) October 11, 2022
The Epoch Times provided more clarity on the ruling:
Pennsylvania Republican legislators and conservatives filed amicus briefs saying the Third Circuit Court’s ruling threatened the integrity of the 2022 midterm elections.
But the Supreme Court’s action on Tuesday means that the Third Circuit ruling cannot be used as a precedent in the three states covered by this regional federal appellate court—Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware—to allow the counting of ballots with minor flaws such as the voter failing to fill in the date.
Vacating the ruling does not change Ritter’s loss in his race.
The fight to count every eligible vote in Pennsylvania continues.
This morning, SCOTUS vacated a decision requiring PA to count undated mail-in ballots. Join me today at 12:00 pm ET to discuss how we got here and what this means for voters.👇 https://t.co/ZLhvRv1ZsE
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) October 11, 2022
Can't join us live? No worries — you can listen to a recording of it later. https://t.co/Ce6vFyeDwt
— Democracy Docket (@DemocracyDocket) October 11, 2022
To all Mail in Voters! PLEASE, read ur direction #carefully & follow them 2 the LETTER! The #GOPFascist @SCOTUS has now ruled that a #GOPJudge has won a seat by 5 Votes because almost 300 ballots were thrown out because the #DATE wasn't on the outside!https://t.co/yMSoeUkaXf
— 💔🌊🌈🦄 NoraC SLAVA UKRAINI 🇺🇦 🦄🌈🌊💔 (@RealNoraC) October 11, 2022
Reuters took a leftist lens to the decision:
The Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative majority.
The Civil Rights Act provision at issue prohibits officials from disqualifying a voter’s ballot for an error that is not “material” to determining whether the person was qualified to vote, such as their age or citizenship.
The law targeted practices common in Southern states during the era of racial segregation that used minor ballot mistakes to block Black people from voting.