Erie federal judge’s ruling on mail-in ballots could shape outcome of 2024 election

Federal judge ruled that mail-in ballots without accurate dates handwritten on their exterior envelopes must still be counted if they are received in time.

This article originally appeared in Go Erie on November 24, 2023 and was written by Ed Palattella.  

Below is executive director Philip Hensley-Robin’s comment on the ruling.

Advocates of voting rights praised the decision.

“This is a tremendous victory for mail-in voters in Pennsylvania,” Philip Hensley-Robin, executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said in a statement. “We are relieved that minor clerical errors will no longer prevent Pennsylvanians from having their votes counted. We look forward to seeing the impact that this ruling will have on future elections, particularly for communities of color and elderly Pennsylvanians.”

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