NORRISTOWN, PA—Today the Montgomery County Board of Elections voted unanimously to certify the results of the January 16 North Penn Special Election.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s first election of the year was a special election for voters in the North Penn School District. Voters were asked whether the school district should move 9th graders to the North Penn High School Campus as part of an infrastructure improvement plan.
A total of 18,821 ballots were cast, with 7,943 voting yes and 10,876 voting no. These numbers include 75 mail-in and absentee ballots on which voters had mistakenly written the year “2023” instead of “2024” or missed the year when dating their ballots on the outer envelope. The County Board of Elections had voted to approve the inclusion of these misdated ballots at the January 23 Board of Elections meeting.
The 75 ballots had been distributed by Montgomery County’s Office of Voter Services and were all returned by voters and timestamped prior to the election day deadline on January 16, 2024. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not weighed in on the specific issue of mail-in ballots marked with an incorrect year.
“We decided in absence of clear directive from courts that we must err on the side of protecting voting rights,” said Neil Makhija, Montgomery County Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Elections. “This is an important message to Montgomery County residents - that in the face of an attack on voting rights, we will protect every vote."
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