Pennsylvania to Set Aside All Ballots Received After Nov. 3
The Supreme Court temporarily granted a request to prevent the counting of any ballots that were received after 8:00 p.m. on election day through 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 6.
The request was made by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania as part of a pending lawsuit. The party has challenged the state’s acceptance of ballots that were received up to three days after the polls closed on Nov. 3rd.
Setting aside the ballots will also affect the Republican Party’s lawsuit challenging a ruling made by the Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.
The party alleged that under the approval of Boockvar, counties contacted voters to notify them of mistakes on their ballots that would render them invalid. They were then able to correct their mistakes by requesting a provisional ballot.
The GOP has argued that providing voters the opportunity to correct their ballots violates a previous ruling made by the U.S Supreme court. The ruling states: “mail-in or absentee voters are not provided any opportunity to cure perceived defects in a timely manner”
The original lawsuit requested that the ballots be thrown away completely, however, an official ruling has not been made.
The order to temporarily remove the ballots was granted by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. In his statement, Alito expressed his opinion on the lawsuits: “the authority to make rules governing federal elections would be meaningless if a state court could override the rules adopted by the legislature simply by claiming that a state constitutional provision gave the courts the authority to make whatever rules it thought appropriate for the conduct of a fair election.”
Trump has reacted to what is happening in Pennsylvania in a series of tweets ultimately claiming that the U.S Supreme court will make the right callings, and correct what is happening in this election.
Pennsylvania holds 20 Electoral votes which are desperately needed if President Trump hopes to be re-elected. While the state has remained red since the election began on Nov. 3, Biden has slowly taken the lead as of the afternoon of Nov. 6, prompting the Republican Party’s urgency of the filings.