The 2020 election is shaping up to be one of the most adjudicated elections in modern history, perhaps even eclipsing the nightmare boondoggle we experienced back in 2000 when George, Al, and a bunch of hanging Chads went at it in The Sunshine State.
This is largely due to the way the election is playing out, and the global coronavirus’ impact on the contest. Elderly and at-risk voters are hoping to avoid the long lines and crowded polling precincts that Tuesday could bring, with many having mailed their ballots, either by absentee ballot or what Donald Trump has referred to as “unsolicited ballots”.
The widespread use of mail-in voting has been decried by the President as rife for fraud, and there are legal and constitutional concerns about just when to stop counting the ballots that do arrive by mail.
This latter issue is at the center of the Supreme Court’s latest, and perhaps vaguest, election ruling of 2020 thus far.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude absentee ballots received after Election Day in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, although it remained unclear whether those ballots will ultimately be counted.
The court’s order left open the possibility that the justices could take up and decide after the election whether a three-day extension to receive and count absentee ballots ordered by Pennsylvania’s high court was proper.
Pennsylvania has the potential to be one of the most important battlegrounds states in the election, which further compounds the issue.
At least part of the ruling was touted as a victory for the Trump campaign.
The Supreme Court ruled hours after Pennsylvania’s Department of State agreed to segregate ballots received in the mail after polls close on Tuesday and before 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.
President Donald Trump’s campaign suggested that those ballots will never be counted.
“We secured a huge victory when the Pennsylvania Secretary of State saw the writing on the wall and voluntarily complied with our injunction request, segregating ballots received after the Nov. 3 deadline to ensure they will not be counted until the Supreme Court rules on our petition,” Justin Clark, a deputy campaign manager, said in an interview.
Of course, for Americans weary of the way this election has played out thus far, this ruling leaves a lot left to be desired.
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