Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Charlotte ballots are part of more than 2,000 ballots discovered at dozens of postal facilities across the two states and delivered to election officials, by court order by Sullivan.
Although North Carolina has long allowed late arrival ballots to count, as long as they are postmarked before Election Day, Pennsylvania remains a source of dispute. The state Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania could accept ballots until Friday afternoon – a three-day grace period ̵1; but conservative judges at the U.S. Supreme Court said they might want to turn it over. that decision because it was not sanctioned by the Pennsylvania legislature. North Carolina has long allowed an additional three days to receive postmarked ballots but extended the deadline this year to November 12.
Even though the supreme court got stuck on whether to do so before the election, allowed Pennsylvania’s ruling to take effect, they pointed out that the matter could be reconsidered later , this time with a hand strengthened thanks to Justice Amy Coney Barrett coming to court.
However, the arrival of more than 2,000 ballots in heavily warped states is likely to benefit Biden’s campaign, which easily won inbound and absentee ballots. face all over the country. Voters voted in this way overwhelmingly as the states relaxed restrictions on them amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Trump has been attacking the postal ballot papers illegally for months and may have discouraged many of his supporters from opting for it.
Sullivan, who is overseeing a lawsuit against the Postal Service over policy changes plaintiffs claim is designed to prevent mail voting, has been monitoring daily collection and delivery efforts. hand out the workers’ votes before the state deadline expires.
He has criticized the Post Service leaders for disregarding his orders and requiring the top official in charge of election mail processing to appear in court in the past two days to ensure compliance. with respect to daily ballot scans and efforts to ensure they are in the hands of electoral officials.
Sullivan is scheduled to hold another conference on the status of those efforts on Friday.