Posted Thu Nov 5th 2020 11:39 pm by Amy Howe
Pennsylvania election officials asked the Supreme Court to reject the Trump campaign’s motion to join the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s appeal against a state court ruling requiring election officials to count postal ballot counts by November 6. The campaign went to court on Wednesday afternoon, telling them that the outcome of the presidential election may depend on the Pennsylvania vote. By the time election officials and the Democratic Party filed their pleadings against the campaign intervention on Thursday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden had closed the presidential void significantly, and the census should be completed by late Thursday or Friday.
The Pennsylvania Republican Party and Pennsylvania legislature are opposing a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court requiring the state to count all ballots received by Friday, November 6, unless postmarked, postmarked, or postmarked by Election Day Have postmark that is not clear. Judges in October declined to put that decision on hold or to expedite their review of Republicans’ motion for review, but Judge Samuel Alito left the prospect of judges moving swiftly after the election.
In their brief rejection of the campaign motion, election officials argued that the Trump election campaign was not required to join the process as it was already adequately represented. The campaign makes the same arguments as the Republican Party, and the Republican Party is represented by the same lawyers who represented the campaign in a different federal court case, officials argued. In addition, the application was late – almost six weeks after the case was first received by the Supreme Court.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is also defending the Supreme Court decision. Judges were told that they do not have to decide on the Trump campaign’s motion to join the case now as the Supreme Court may not have to hear the case at all and decide during the three day period between election day, depending on the number of ballots received and November 6th and whether that number actually makes any difference in the elections. Pennsylvania election officials also segregate ballot papers received after the elections closed on election day, said the Pennsylvania Democrats, so that they do not get mixed up with other ballot papers.
This article was originally published by Howe on the Court.
Amy Howe, Pennsylvania election official and Democrat, respond to the Trump campaign’s request to join the Supreme Court process on election date.
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