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Toomey: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides ‘Laws Have No Meaning’

An election worker drops mail-in ballots into a ballot box at the Registrar of Voters office in San Diego, Calif., June 2018. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Pennsylvania state law requires mail-in ballots to be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, but the state’s supreme court ruled today that mail ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by the following Friday at 5:00 p.m. must be counted. 

Pennsylvania GOP senator Pat Toomey blasted the decision in a statement:

“Once again, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided that laws have no meaning. The current state election statute, which was signed by Governor Wolf less than a year ago, is clear that mail-in ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on Election Day in order to be counted. 

“Today’s blatantly political decision to violate the law irresponsibly heightens the risk that our state will experience a lengthy, disputed, and controversial outcome in what is expected to be an extremely close presidential race.”

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