The Supreme Court on Friday ordered Pennsylvania’s electoral councils to individually count mail ballots arriving after Election Day, and at the same time rejected the GOP’s request to stop counting those ballots.
Order, signed by Conservative Justice Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoSupreme Court Struggles to Fight Catholic Organization’s Nondiscrimination Law This election is directed to the courts, but Democrats also have the most anti-environmental Court attorney in the modern era MORE, leaving open the possibility that judges might rule out late ballots in a subsequent ruling, a move that Alito and at least two other conservative judges have previously signaled that they may be inclined to perform.
The number of affected votes is said to be between 3,000 and 4,000. Election law experts say that even if the judges later declare null and void, the only way this will affect the outcome of the mid race President TrumpDonald John Trump: Girl gets ahead of Trump in Georgia Biden leads in Georgia, takes advantage in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is ‘completely different’ from 2000 MORE and candidate for the Democratic Party joe BidenJoe Biden leads Trump in Georgia Biden leads in Georgia, takes advantage in Pennsylvania Gore: This election is ‘completely different’ from 2000 MORE is if the election is decided by Pennsylvania and the pair are split within the state by a very thin margin.
Friday’s order is the first time the Supreme Court has participated in the state vote count following this year’s election.
The court leveled only a portion of what was sought by Pennsylvania Republicans who are challenging the state’s extended Friday voting deadline. The state GOP has required judges to suspend late tallying.
“This will stay the same as long as there is another court order, after there’s a possibility of a response,” said Ned Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University. “It also makes sense in that it doesn’t prevent separate counting of votes, but requires them to be counted separately – it is a sensible way to prevent any possible tampering with the votes. cannot be undone later. “
Updated at 9:13 pm