Pennsylvania districts must separate all ballots received by mail after the close of polling on election day from the remaining ballots, as ordered by the Supreme Court on Friday.
Judge Samuel Alito ruled on Friday night and said that all district governors of the election must follow guidelines requiring them to keep ballots received after 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday “in a secure, secured and sealed container separate from other ballots. When these ballots are counted, they must also be counted separately.
In a motion already received by the court on Friday, they were informed that the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, the petitioner in this case, and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar were unable to verify that all committees were following the guidelines.
The order is part of the Trump campaign, and Republicans are pushing for courts to invalidate certain Pennsylvania ballots because they were allegedly improperly cast.
Alito issued the order because, according to the Washington Post, he is the judge for the region to which Pennsylvania belongs, and he referred it to the entire court for a formal decision. In his order, Pennsylvania officials must respond by Saturday afternoon.
Prior to the election, Pennsylvania Republicans had appealed to the Supreme Court to participate in a scheme that would allow ballots to be counted if they arrived up to three days after election day. The Supreme Court rejected the request to expedite the case and issue a decision, although Alito said at the time that the matter was of “national importance. Given that there was “simply not enough time” to make a decision, the Supreme Court ordered that ballots received after election day be separated so that if the Supreme Court overturns the decision of a lower court after the election, “a targeted appeal will be available.
Ballots received after election day are not the only ones Pennsylvania must separate. In a lawsuit challenging an extension of the deadline for voters to confirm their identity, the Trump campaign argued that extending the November 9 to November 12 deadline would “undoubtedly” create a “high risk of jeopardizing the integrity of the election” and delay the results. A Pennsylvania court ordered that ballots with identification problems corrected between November 10 and 12 be separated.
Biden’s trump card in Pennsylvania – a state he must win to reach the 270 vote threshold – is about 20,000 votes ahead, and in a close race a small percentage of votes can make the difference. However, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman said TODAY that this is not the case this time.
Fetterman said on Friday that he did not believe that “these ballots will be an issue at all” because ballots that arrived before 8 p.m. on election day were biased in favor of the vice president.
The Trump campaign also filed a complaint to improve access for election observers to observe the counting process. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani argued that if people stayed 20 feet or more away from where the ballots were counted, they could not really see whether a ballot was valid or not. A judge ruled in their favor, and observers are now allowed to stay up to six feet away from the trial.
In addition to Pennsylvania, a federal appeals court ruled that Minnesota ballots that arrived after the polls closed on election day must also be eliminated. By order of the court, the ballots had to be separated in a manner that allowed the votes to be “removed from the total number of votes” if a court declared them invalid.
Challenging Pennsylvania’s late ballots remains the most promising legal option available to the Trump campaign to reverse the vote count that put Joe Biden on his way to the White House.