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Politics Supreme Court Declines to Fast-Track Ruling on Pennsylvania Ballot Deadline Extension

01:25  29 october  2020
01:25  29 october  2020 Source:   nationalreview.com

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In its ruling , the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said that ballots could be counted if they were received by 5 p.m. Nov. But Democrats pushed for the extension because of concerns that postal delays would disenfranchise some of the millions of Pennsylvania voters who are expected to cast

The court issued a 4-4 ruling earlier this month denying the GOP challenge and leaving in place a lower- court ruling allowing the ballot receipt extension to stand. "Voters knew there was a dispute over what the timing was and the Supreme Court declined to get involved.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Wednesday to expedite a decision on whether the state of Pennsylvania can extend the deadline to receive mail-in ballots.

a man standing in front of United States Supreme Court Building © Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Court’s decision effectively allows Pennsylvania to move forward with its original plan to receive mail-in ballots for the presidential election up until November 6, three days after election day. The Republican Party of Pennsylvania had sued to prevent the extended deadline, arguing that it would damage voter confidence in the U.S. electoral process.

The Court initially allowed the mail-in deadline extension in a 4-4 tied vote last week. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed to the Court and sworn in on Monday, was almost immediately asked to recuse herself from the case entirely. However, Justice Barrett did not take part in the Wednesday decision on whether to reconsider the case.

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the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extended the deadline for mail-in ballots until Nov. 28 to put the Pennsylvania court ’s ruling on hold. They argued that the portion of the ruling allowing unclear Therefore, the GOP asked the court to fast - track consideration of the case and decide it “on the

Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that ballots can be received until three days after the election. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court , claiming jurisdiction in the extraordinary circumstance of the pandemic and huge increases of absentee ballot requests, effectively changed laws that were

Justice Barret “did not participate in the consideration of this motion because of the need for a prompt resolution of it and because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings,” a Court spokesperson commented.

Justice Samuel Alito noted his dissatisfaction with the situation in a statement, and was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.

“It would be highly desirable to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the [Pennsylvania] Supreme Court’s decision before the election. That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the [Pennsylvania] Supreme Court decision violates the Federal Constitution,” Justice Alito wrote. “But I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election.”

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Pennsylvania Republicans are asking the Supreme Court to block a lower court opinion that allowed absentee ballots to be counted up to three days after the election, arguing that the extension "could destroy the American public's confidence in the electoral system as a whole.".

Voters casting in-person absentee ballots this month in Oshkosh, Wis. The Supreme Court ’s ruling means that mailed-in absentee ballots in the state will have to be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.Credit Gabriela Bhaskar/Reuters.

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