Pennsylvania

ELECTION

Re-count due to less than 1% spread between vote's counts.

November 7 - Supreme Court at 2:00PM

On Friday evening, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who received the petition because he is the justice responsible for that region, approved the GOP request for now, ordering county boards to comply with state guidance to keep the late ballots separate. However, Alito did not direct election officials to stop counting the ballots, as the Republicans had also sought. He called for a response from state officials by Saturday afternoon.

HISTORY

September 22 – Appeal to US Supreme Court

Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to look at a ruling on mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania in what could be the first case since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

GOP leaders plan to ask the court to review last week’s decision by the state supreme court that extended the deadline for counting mail-in ballots. In the court filing, Republicans argue that the state’s ruling opens the door to illegal votes. The filing said in part, “the court’s judgement... creates a serious likelihood that Pennsylvania’s imminent general election will be tainted by votes that were illegally cast or mailed after Election Day.”

October 23 - Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court ruled that ballots in the state cannot be rejected because of signature comparisons, backing up guidance issued by the state’s chief elections officer heading into Pennsylvania’s first presidential election with no-excuse mail voting. (see the same issue in Texas with an opposite decision)

October 24 - Supreme Court

Four days after the justices left a place in ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that requires election officials in that state to count mail-in ballots received within three days after Election Day, Nov. 3, Pennsylvania Republicans returned to the Supreme Court. This time, rather than asking the court to put the state supreme court’s ruling on hold, they asked the justices to rule on the merits of the case – and to do so before Election Day. (Supreme Court was in deadlock on this issue, earlier).

October 28 - Supreme Court

In a statement accompanying the denial in Pennsylvania, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that while “it would be highly desirable to issue a ruling” before the election, he “reluctantly conclude[s] that there is simply not enough time at this late date.” His statement, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, indicates that they would likely overturn the ballot return extension in the crucial battleground state. Alito noted in the Pennsylvania case that the secretary of the commonwealth issued guidance to local election officials to segregate ballots received after the close of polls but before the Nov. 6 deadline, cracking the door for a potential post-election decision.