Republicans in Pennsylvania are asking the Supreme Court to order the state to quarantine all late absentee ballots, in the hope that their lawsuit does not allow the state to count incoming votes after November 3. but postmarked later can be successful.
The state’s GOP has filed a request, which will be sent to Justice Samuel Alito, from the court’s conservative faction. The state split these ballots before an expedited appeal was filed.
The state party request read: “The court ordered the Defendant Boockvar and the county electoral councils to log, separate and not take any action regarding any Which ballot comes after General Assembly Election Day. deadline but before the due date of the judicial extension of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ”.
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On October 28, the supreme court said it would not follow up on the appeal blocking the vote count after Nov. 3. Alito wrote a statement admitting “there simply is not enough time”; to issue. decide before the election.
Just because the court refuses to make a fast decision does not mean it will not give a ruling in the case. The court’s request for review remains in front of the judges.
Therefore, Alito may ask the state to respond to an urgent appeal and set a deadline for submitting those summaries. An order is expected in the coming days.
The Supreme Court could overthrow the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in its ruling that essentially changed state election laws and voided ballots after they were cast in a state capable of deciding the election. for president, that’s what Republicans are hoping for.
Meanwhile, state Democrats have asked the high court to postpone any action on the Republican request to cancel the three-day extension.
“There is no reason for the Court to expedite review of pending petitions, let alone certification at this time,” the Pennsylvania Democratic Party said in its brief. , and at the same time called on the judges to be more patient.
“Because this Court may not need to hear and decide these cases, it will be too soon for this Court to rule on the proposed intervention,” the state party also said.
“Without immediate order from the court [Pennsylvania’s GOP] they could lose their right to ‘a targeted remedy’ if the State Supreme Court decision is ultimately overturned, ”they said.
Democrat Joe Biden currently leads the state with about 13,700 votes, with 98% of the constituencies reporting.
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With the tight results of the November 3 election, Pennsylvania was able to identify the next US president, and campaigns Trump and GOP filed lawsuits alleging a procedural violation.
A state appellate court awarded Trump’s campaign victory on Thursday by allowing election watchers to stand nearly 6 feet from the voting booth to ensure a fair process in Philadelphia.
The campaign later said that election officials disobeyed the ruling and blocked election watchers from entering the counting room, and asked Pennsylvania to stop counting votes until there was transparency.
A federal judge denied the Philadelphia stop-voting campaign’s request for observers’ access, instead urging the parties to formulate a deal.
East Pennsylvania County Judge Paul Diamond scheduled an expedited hearing on the case, before pushing the parties to an agreement during the break, then ruled that each side could have 60 observers in voting booths as long as they can adhere to social detachment and stay behind a barrier.
On Thursday, the campaign asked the court to stop allowing voters to provide proof of identification late on November 9, instead of November 12.
A judge then ordered the county election councils to separate the votes for which ID was verified before November 9 and those with valid ID from November 9-12.
Separate ballots “will not be counted until this new court order.”
The court has yet to decide on the underlying issue: time to allow voter absences and voters to mail in providing identification. However, they asked Pennsylvania to ensure that a small subset of the ballots in question are separate from the rest.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and 67 county electoral councils, claiming a guidance letter from Boockfar sent Nov. 1 “rewrites the Electoral Code” by “placing Leave the deadline for absent voters and mail in to provide proof of identity ”to the Friday after the end of the trip, which is November 12.
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Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Election Code says the deadline is “the sixth day after the election,” the campaign notes November 9. Those who fail to provide timely proof of identity will be removed. votes.
Fox News’s Bill Mears, Shannon Bream and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.