ACCEPT ABSENTEE BALLOTS AFTER NOV. 3, COURT TELLS 2 STATES
The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to let Pennsylvania and North Carolina accept absentee ballots after election day, a pair of decisions welcomed by Democrats that saw US President Donald Trump groaning, Adam LIptak reported for the New York Times.
In the Pennsylvania case, the court refused a plea from Pennsylvania Republicans that it decide before Election Day whether the state can continue counting absentee ballots for three days after Nov. 3. In the North Carolina case, the SC let stand a lower court ruling that allowed the state’s board of elections to extend the deadline to nine days after Election Day, up from the three days called for by state legislators. The court’s brief orders in the two cases were unsigned and gave no reasons.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was expected to cast a deciding vote, did not participate in either decision.
Barrett, who joined the court on Tuesday, did not take part in either case. A court spokeswoman said Justice Barrett said she had not participated “because of the need for a prompt resolution of it and because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings.” In the Pennsylvania case, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch, said the court may still consider the case after Election Day. “I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election,” Justice Alito wrote.