Ballots Cast With Sharpie Pen Not Invalid, Pennsylvania Officials Say

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania officials and the Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State denied rumors on social media that using a Sharpie pen or any similar black marker on an election ballot could invalidate it.Allegheny County’s released a statement on Twitter saying, “The rumors circulating about the use of Sharpie pens or markers are just that – rumors. While we recommend that voters use blue or black ballpoint pens and discourage the use of markers, it’s to prevent the ink from leaking through onto a backside of a ballot. Your vote WILL BE counted. If the scanner is unable to read the ballot,…

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