A multitude of ballots intended for the New York June 23 election were deemed invalid due to not having postmarks or arriving at offices after the election — a federal judge ordered Monday these thousands of rule-breaking ballots must be counted.
Manhattan Judge Analisa Torres deemed the plaintiffs in the suit had proven that the late votes submitted or un-postmarked ballots had been disenfranchised.
In NYC, a judge ruled ballots without postmarks count, even if they arrived 2 days after the election.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 4, 2020
This gives the post office huge power. The morning after a close election, ballot harvesting and no postmarks can change results. https://t.co/EONYKSwWKr
As reported by the New York Post, thousands of the once-disqualified ballots had pre-paid postage yet were never postmarked, which election law then deems invalid.
Many of the votes had arrived after the deadline, as well.
“When voters have been provided with absentee ballots and assured that their votes on those ballots will be counted, the state cannot ignore a later discovered, systemic problem that arbitrarily renders those ballots invalid,” Torres wrote in her ruling that essentially throws election laws out the window in favor of chaotic, count-anything policies.
The Post reports that this judge’s order requires the New York City Board of Elections to count “all otherwise valid” absentee ballots cast in the primary which were received by June 24. This is to be regardless of whether the ballots were postmarked by June 23 or received by June 25 — as long as the ballots were not postmarked on a date later than June 23.