Supreme Court Keeps Pennsylvania Vote Counting Extension in Place

Court splits 4-to-4 on if mail-in extension is acceptable due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supreme Court issued its decision in the legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot extension on Monday, leaving the rule in place. The Court was split 4-to-4, therefore keeping in place the lower court’s decision to allow the state to count mailed ballots up to three days after election day, as long as they were postmarked by November 3. 

Many such extension measures, that have been put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been challenged around the nation. Opponents argue that such rules remove protections against voter fraud, and could set a dangerous precedent in the future. Pennsylvania’s extension to count ballots will remain in place unless the Supreme Court is asked to rule again on the merits of the challenge prior to the election. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For God to guide the Supreme Court in the cases they decide.
  • That the American voters would choose the best leader in November.
  • For the Lord to help officials safeguard the election and accurately report the outcomes. 

Sources: The Hill, SCOTUSblog


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