ALLEGHENY COUNTY — More than 1000 Allegheny County voters submitted mail-in or absentee votes that won’t count because of a date mistake.
County Election officials posted a list online, letting those voters know they have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to fix, or “cure” their mistake.
On Saturday, November 5, 2022, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order defining what incorrectly dated declaration envelopes are to supplement its prior order that undated and incorrectly dated mail-in and absentee ballots should be segregated and not counted.
Specifically, mail-in ballots with dates of Sept. 19 through Nov. 8 are properly dated. Absentee ballots with dates of Aug. 30 through Nov. 8 are properly dated. All others are segregated and will not count pursuant to the Court’s order.
County elections officials say there wasn’t an opportunity to notify impacted voters by letter, so instead they created a list of those voters who returned ballots in these two categories: no date and incorrectly dated.
The list includes name, municipality, zip code and precinct. Elections officials say if you can’t make to their office in downtown Pittsburgh, you can vote provisionally.
“I’m not even sure what I did, but that’s what they’re saying I did, so I’ll take their word for it,” said voter Jenny Cain of Carnegie.
Cain and friend Charlene Smith both cured their incorrect ballots at the Elections Division Office today. Both put dates of Nov. 12th, instead of October.
Voter Molly Dagnal also was surprised she filled anything out incorrectly.
“I voted by mail so many times, that’s why I’m like, ‘what happened!?’”
Dagnal said she is a hair stylist and had clients texting her as well as her mom.
“I woke up this morning, my mom texted me one of her friends said my name was on a list. I had no clue!”
Dagnal went to the Elections Division Office today, determined to make sure her vote counted.
“So important. This is a very scary election, and I want the right people to win and I want my vote counting.”
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