Supreme Court lets Pennsylvania extend mail-in voting

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke fills out an application for a mail-in ballot before voting at the opening of a satellite election office at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Sept. 29, 2020.

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke fills out an application for a mail-in ballot before voting at the opening of a satellite election office at Temple University’s Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Sept. 29, 2020.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Pennsylvania election officials could count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day.

Pennsylvania Democrats had to extend the Nov. 3 ballot deadline by three days to accommodate mail-in voting by people avoiding the polls due to the risk of coronavirus infection.

Republicans tried to block the change in the crucial swing state.

The Supreme Court considered the case for nearly two weeks, suggesting a search for a compromise.

The short-handed court split 4-4, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the court’s three liberals in support of the balloting extension, so a lower court’s decision upholding it was allowed to stand. Neither side explained its position on the emergency request.

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