Fate of 800 mail-in primary votes gets 1st court hearing

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court is considering the fate of some 800 mail-in spring primary votes that three Republican-majority county elections boards threw out over the lack of handwritten dates on their outside envelopes.

A hearing Thursday in Harrisburg concerns a lawsuit filed this month by the Department of State against Berks, Fayette and Lancaster counties.

State election officials are asking Commonwealth Court to order the counties to add those votes to their final counts.

Court records show the decisions to not count the votes involved more Democratic votes than Republican in all three counties.

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