The order is a response to a lawsuit from Pennsylvania Republican legislators who sued to stop a last-minute rule change by the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.
Gualberto Garcia Jones
November 6, 2020 — An emergency order was issued by the United States Supreme Court this evening requiring all ballots that arrived at the Pennsylvania Election Board after the polls officially closed be segregated and counted separately.
The order is a response to a lawsuit from Pennsylvania Republican legislators who sued to stop a last-minute rule change by the Pennsylvania Secretary of State that would have allowed ballots received after 8 p.m. on election day to be counted and co-mingled with ballots that had arrived on time.
The Republican state legislature had previously passed a law requiring mail-in ballots to be received by 8 p.m. on election day. But after Democrats sued, the Democrat-controlled Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled unilaterally to extend the deadline for three additional days, allowing ballots arriving late to be counted toward the vote tally.