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Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
October 25, 2022, Submit on Briefs Supreme; November 1, 2022, Decided
No. 102 MM 2022
[*1192] PER CURIAM
AND NOW, this 1st day of [**14] November, 2022, upon review of the briefs of the parties and amici, the Petitioners' request for injunctive and declaratory relief is granted in part and denied in part. The Pennsylvania county boards of elections are hereby ORDERED to refrain from counting any absentee and mail-in ballots received for the November 8, 2022 general election that are contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes. See 25 P.S. §3146.6(a) and §3150.16(a).
The Court is evenly divided on the issue of whether failing to count such ballots violates 52 U.S.C. §10101(a)(2)(B).
We hereby DIRECT that the Pennsylvania county boards of elections segregate and preserve any ballots contained in undated or incorrectly dated outer envelopes.
The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Republican Party of Pennsylvania have standing. Petitioners David Ball, James D. Bee, Jesse D. Daniel, Gwendolyn Mae Deluca, Ross M. Farber, Lynn Marie Kalcevic, Vallerie Siciliano-Biancaniello, and S. Michael Streib are hereby DISMISSED from the case for lack of standing.
Opinions to follow.
Chief Justice Todd and Justices Donohue and Wecht would find a violation of federal law.
Justices Dougherty, Mundy and Brobson would find no violation [**15] of federal law.
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284 A.3d 1189 *; 2022 Pa. LEXIS 1625 **; 2022 WL 16569702
DAVID BALL, JAMES D. BEE, JESSE D. DANIEL, GWENDOLYN MAE DELUCA, ROSS M. FARBER, LYNN MARIE KALCEVIC, VALLERIE SICILIANOBIANCANIELLO, S. MICHAEL STREIB, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE, NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE, AND REPUBLICAN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Petitioners v. LEIGH M. CHAPMAN, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS ACTING SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH, AND ALL 67 COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS, Respondents
elections, ballots, county board, federal law, incorrectly, envelopes, undated, outer