Pennsylvania 2021 Candidate Who Doesn’t Want Date-Less Postal Ballots Counted Responds to Commonwealth Court Decision of June 2

On June 3, David Ritter sent this letter to the U.S. Supreme Court, in response to the June 2 opinion of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court that said postal ballots in which the voter forgot to date the signature on the outer envelope should be counted. Ritter is the 2021 candidate for local office whose close election triggered the lawsuit. His letter belittles the Commonwealth Court Opinion and again urges the U.S. Supreme Court to disallow such ballots.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Rules that Postal Ballots in Which Voter to Forgot to Add the Date to the Outer Envelope Should be Counted

On June 2, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that postal ballots in which the voter forgot to add the date next to the signature on the outer envelope should be counted. McCormick for U.S. Senate v Chapman, 286 MD 2022. The Commonwealth Court relied on both the state constitution and state election law precedents, and also on the “materiality” portion of the federal voting rights Act.

The decision was then sent to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is pondering the issue in a related case dating from a 2021 election. One can read the decision using this link, which is the message to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Filing Closes for Alaska’s August Top-Four Primary

June 1 was the deadline for candidates to file for the August 16 Alaska top-four primary.

For U.S. Senate, there are nine Republicans, three Democrats, two Alaskan Independence Party members, one Libertarian, and five independents. Total 20.

For U.S. House, there are eleven Republicans, four Democrats, two Libertarians, one American Independent registrant who lives in California, and thirteen independents. Total 31.

For Governor/Lt. Gov., there are five Republicans, one Democrat, one Libertarian, one Alaskan Independence member, and two independents. Total 10.

Here is the list, including legislative candidates. Candidates still have time to withdraw, so the final list might shrink.

Procedural Win In New Jersey Lawsuit Against Discriminatory Ballot Format

On May 31, U.S. District Court Judge Zahid Quraishi, a Biden appointee, refused to dismiss the lawsuit Conforti v Hanlon, 3:20cv-8267. This action keeps the case alive. It was filed to overturn the New Jersey election procedures that give some candidates in primaries a much better ballot position than certain other candidates preferred by the party organization. Here is the 39-page order.

Six Statewide Petitions Submitted for New York General Election

The New York petition deadline for independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, was May 31. It appears that six statewide petitions were submitted: the Libertarian, Green, Independence, Freedom and Unite statewide candidates, and independent U.S. Senate candidate Diane Sare.

The nominee of the Unite Party is Harry Wilson, who is also seeking the Republican nomination later this month. The nominee of the Freedom Party is Skiboky Stora, who originally tried to get on the Republican primary ballot for Governor but did not succeed.