The rejection of undated postal ballots affects minorities

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Pennsylvania’s policy of rejecting undated and misdated mail-in ballots is more likely to impact voters from communities with larger non-white populations, a Votebeat and Spotlight PA analysis of data from three urban counties found.

Earlier this month, a deadlocked Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that undated and incorrectly dated mail-in ballots should not be counted in the Nov. 8 midterm election, the latest development in a years-long dispute over those erroneous ballots. State law requires a person casting a mail-in ballot to sign and date a statement on the outside envelope.

In response, some counties released lists of voters who had submitted this type of erroneous ballot, in an attempt to get them to correct the error before the end of Election Day so their vote would be counted.