Pennsylvania issues directive that mail-in ballots can’t be rejected over signature issues

Counties in Pennsylvania were directed not to discard mail-in ballots where signatures don’t match ones in a voter’s file.

“As a result of this case, Pennsylvania voters can cast their vote without fear that their ballot could be rejected solely because an election official — who isn’t trained in handwriting analysis — thinks their signatures don’t match. Voting should not be a penmanship test,“ said Mark Gaber, director of trial litigation at the Campaign Legal Center, in a statement.

Pennsylvania’s Department of State issued the directive on Monday, prompting organizations such as the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, which
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