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Challenge to hundreds of ballots over voter ID issue dropped hours before polls close in Allegheny County

ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — A spokesperson for Allegheny County confirmed to Channel 11 that a challenge from the county’s Republican Party over about 236 ballots has been dropped.

The original challenge came over discrepancies in the voter ID numbers of certain ballots.

The Republican committee said in the complaint, issued to the elections office and county officials, that the “challenged individuals' voter ID numbers do not appear” on the state’s public list, suggesting that “the challenged individuals may not be registered Pennsylvania electors.”

County officials were looking into this matter.

The complaint said, in part:

"The ACRP has submitted these challenges after comparing the voter ID numbers on Allegheny County’s publicly available list of individuals who have requested absentee ballots against the voter ID numbers on the Commonwealth’s publicly available close of business voter file. That comparison has indicated that the challenged individuals' voter ID numbers do not appear on the Commonwealth’s publicly available close of business voter file, suggesting that the challenged individuals may not be registered Pennsylvania electors.

Please inform the ACRP as soon as possible if there is a reason why the challenged individuals' voter ID numbers would not have appeared on the Commonwealth’s publicly available close of business voter file."

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