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Disputed Ballots in Pennsylvania Senate Race to Be Counted

  • Judge orders count pending a final resolution over ballots
  • Oz and McCormick have been locked in too-close-to-call contest
A voter casts a ballot at a polling location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 17.

A voter casts a ballot at a polling location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 17.

Photographer: Nate Smallwood/Bloomberg

A Pennsylvania judge ruled that counties must count mail-in and absentee ballots with no handwritten date on a return envelope and report the results, a victory for former Bridgewater Associates Chief Executive David McCormick in his too-close-to-call Republican US Senate race with celebrity physician Mehmet Oz.

Commonwealth Court President Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer directed the counties to count the disputed ballots and report one vote tally to the secretary of state that includes those ballots and another that does not, until a final decision is made about whether the ballots must be included in the final result.