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Fact Checking Claims About Pennsylvania Voting Deadlines
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Fact Checking Claims About Pennsylvania Voting Deadlines

A judge did not allow for votes that arrived by November 14 to be counted.

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A viral Instagram post, sharing a screenshot of a tweet, claims: “This just in: Pennsylvania Judge allows ballots to count that are received up until November 14. This is unconstitutional.” 

This is a false claim. 

The deadline for Pennsylvania ballots was not changed to November 14. According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots was Election Day, November 8, at 8 p.m.. 

Members of the military and overseas civilian voters “must affirm” that they mailed their ballots no later than 11:59pm the day before Election Day, and the County Election Office has to receive these ballots “no later than 7 days after Election Day by 5pm.”

Ellen Lyon, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of State told The Dispatch Fact Check that this claim was “not true” and is “disinformation.”

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Khaya Himmelman is a fact checker for The Dispatch. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Barnard College.