The Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Board of Elections voted Tuesday 2-1 to count 2,349 ballots that “appear to be eligible in every way” except for the fact that voters did not place a date on the outer envelope, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported.
Election board staff say the unopened ballots arrived on or before Election Day.
“They applied on time, received their ballots, voted their ballots, returned them on time with their signature, their printed name, their address — the only thing they’re missing is their date,” County Solicitor Andrew Szefi said. “They were received timely, and our … ballot sorting machine imprints a date received on each envelope as they’re scanned.”
“We’ve taken a hard look at this,” he added. “The legal principle at issue here is the Elections Code should always be construed so as to favor enfranchisement over disenfranchisement. What we have here is essentially a technicality that we don’t want voters to get disenfranchised with.”