THE SUPREME COURT ON Monday took no action on a case challenging Pennsylvania’s absentee ballot receipt deadline, a few days after Republican efforts were dealt a blow in a lower court regarding late-arriving ballots.
Republicans have asked the high court to block all absentee ballots that arrived after Election Day. The justices previously upheld a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling for ballots to count that arrived up to three days after the election as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. State Republicans are seeking to bring the case back before the Supreme Court, and President Donald Trump’s team has also asked the justices to intervene in the matter. The Supreme Court didn’t grant any new cases on Monday morning, but could still decide whether to consider the challenge in the future.
Trump’s campaign and Republicans have waged scores of legal battles in Pennsylvania and around the country, though many of those cases have so far been unsuccessful in lower courts. Last Friday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a GOP effort to block more than 9,000 late-arriving absentee ballots in Pennsylvania. The panel of three judges pointed out the “unprecedented challenges” facing the U.S. due to the coronavirus.
Most of the litigation from Trump’s team contests small batches of ballots that won’t be able to erase Biden’s lead in key battleground states where he’s ahead by thousands of votes. Biden currently has about 68,000 more votes than Trump in Pennsylvania.
Since a winner was projected more than a week ago, Trump has refused to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, who flipped five states to win the White House and unseat an incumbent president.
Conservative justices had left the door open to revisiting Pennsylvania’s case post-election. Last week, Justice Samuel Alito had ordered the state to segregate the absentee ballots arriving after Election Day in the event that the late-arriving ballots are reviewed later by the high court. Prior to the Nov. 3 election, Pennsylvania instructed elections officials to separate the ballots with the possibility of a court challenge…Read more>>