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A voter casts his ballot by mail for the 2022 Pennsylvania primaries in Newtown Square, Pa., on May 2. The state’s Supreme Court ruled in a challenging case. constitutionality of state law extending voting by mail.

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A voter casts his ballot by mail for the 2022 Pennsylvania primaries in Newtown Square, Pa., on May 2. The state’s Supreme Court ruled in a challenging case. constitutionality of state law extending voting by mail.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania’s vote-by-mail law has been upheld by the state’s Supreme Court, allowing all voters in the key turnaround state to vote by mail in November and for other future elections.

In a 5-2 decision issued Tuesday, the Democratic majority court overturned a lower court ruling from January that Pennsylvania’s Proposition 77 violated the state’s constitution.

“We find no restriction in our Constitution on the ability of the General Assembly to induce universal suffrage by mail,” Justice Christine Donohue wrote in majority opinion.

State law, passed with bipartisan support in 2019, has become a major focus in a Republican-run campaign against voting by mail in Pennsylvania.

The integrity of what was once a non-public voting option has come under unfounded attacks from former President Donald Trump and his allies, turning many GOP lawmakers away. back to their initial support for voting by mail.

In fact, the court case was brought in part by a group of Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who helped pass Proposition 77.

The case was closely watched by many voting rights advocates and election watchers, as it gave Pennsylvania’s more than 8.7 million registered voters access to the ballot box.

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