Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania election officials can still count ballots arriving three days later after the election day. This means that the ballot received by Friday will still be taken into account. However, they must be postmarked not after November 3rd.
The court ruled out, without comment, allowing one of the most prominent electoral law to be included in the final stage before election night when Trump, who is seeking his re-election will be battling with Joe Biden, his main challenger.
Earlier, Republicans in Pennsylvania had tried to block those late-arriving ballots from being counted, even after the state Supreme Court approved it last month.
The state’s Republicans had argued that it was the state legislature, not the US Supreme Court, to set rules for how elections were to be conducted in their state. As an application for an emergency stay, they also argued that the court’s decision could still allow ballots to be checked after election day.
The court’s most conservative justices, Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh, were supporting the emergency stay.
But Judge John Roberts and three other among the most liberal members of the court banded together to deny the motion.
Due to the current global pandemic that up to now has killed more than 1,142,731 people worldwide and 228,381 people in the US, the upcoming elections will be more of mail-in voting than of the traditional physical voting.
However, the deadline by which mailed ballots must get into the hands of election officials has become a problem between Democrats and Republicans.
And now the Supreme Courts must step in to remove the legal hot spots between Republicans and Democrats like in the state of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania is one of the states that is central to the presidential campaigns of both major party candidates. The state is one of those states where election officials cannot start counting and processing late ballots until before election day. This will likely delay the publication of the final results for several days.
The state of Wisconsin is another swing state where its elected officials cannot begin processing postal ballot until before election day. But in Michigan, which is also another swing state, election officials can start counting and processing ballots a day before election day.
Before this year, the ballots arriving later after the election day were not to be considered. But because the mail-in-voting is now the way to go amid the prevailing fear of the contagious COVID-19, extension becomes vital so as not to disenfranchise millions of votes.
On the same account, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling is especially important and it will ensure that not so many ballots are counted out as the state appears to be another battlefield.
Back in 2016, current U.S. President Donald Trump received over 44,000 votes, and late reports revealed that around 16,000 ballots were not counted because they arrived late.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.