Politics GOP will ask Supreme Court to limit mail voting in Pennsylvania in first post-RBG test

21:46  22 september  2020
21:46  22 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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In what looks to be the first major test of the new post - RBG iteration of the Supreme Court , the Trump Administration is planning to ask SCOTUS to review a major PA state court decision that extended the due date for mail -in ballots in critical battleground states.

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Republicans plan to ask the Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the due date for mail ballots in the key battleground state, teeing up the first test for the Supreme Court since the death of its liberal leader Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg looking at the camera: GOP will ask Supreme Court to limit mail voting in Pennsylvania in first post-RBG test © Anna Moneymaker GOP will ask Supreme Court to limit mail voting in Pennsylvania in first post-RBG test

The GOP legal strategy, which was revealed in a pair of court documents filed overnight and Tuesday morning, has not been previously reported.

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Manipulating comments and posts via group voting is against reddit TOS. More Info. The GOP doesn't need Americans to trust the Supreme Court . They are fine with people obeying it and fearing what the government will do to them if they don't obey it. By a majority vote in the senate?

The development comes after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealt Republicans a major blow last week in a bitterly partisan election lawsuit that could help determine whether President Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden takes the Keystone State, which Trump won in 2016 by just over 44,000 votes.

The expected petition to the Supreme Court comes just days after Ginsburg's death from cancer last Friday injected further uncertainty into a chaotic 2020 presidential contest that is on track to be the most intensely litigated election cycle in U.S. history.

"This could be a big first test for the post-RBG Supreme Court and where it will stand on election issues," said Rick Hasen, an election law expert and law professor at the University of California Irvine. "There's little reason to believe that the conservative-liberal divide will disappear with Justice Ginsburg's death."

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The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week to relax the state's mail voting deadline was seen as a win for Democrats, since Biden voters are more likely than Trump supporters to vote by mail in November. Under the ruling, Pennsylvania must accept ballots postmarked by Election Day, as long as they arrive within three days.

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania on Monday night asked the state's top court to temporarily halt its ruling from taking effect. The GOP made its request in order to buy time to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, or alternatively, to ask the eight justices to consider pausing the state court ruling themselves.

Pennsylvania Republicans argue the state court's ruling opens the door to illegal votes.

"The court's judgment ... creates a serious likelihood that Pennsylvania's imminent general election will be tainted by votes that were illegally cast or mailed after Election Day," the GOP wrote in its Monday night court filing.

"The Republican Party of Pennsylvania respectfully asks the court for a partial stay of its judgment, pending disposition of (our) forthcoming stay application and petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Top leaders from Pennsylvania's GOP-held legislature also vowed to petition the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg's death leaves the court with a 5-3 conservative majority.

Trump is expected to announce a nominee to fill Ginsburg's vacancy by the end of the week and Senate Republicans hope to quickly confirm a new justice.

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