SCOTUS directs Pa. to segregate ballots, won’t stop ballot counting
The fight over mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania continues with the U.S. Supreme Court approving Republicans’ request to segregate the state’s mail-in ballots that were returned after Election Day.
Breaking on @MSNBC: NBC’s Pete Williams reports the Supreme Court has issued an order in the Pennsylvania case, but it’s not what Republicans wanted. Justice Alito repeats the guidance that post-Tuesday mail ballots must be segregated, but it doesn’t direct them to stop counting.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 7, 2020
The Washington Post and MSNBC report that Justice Samuel Alito, who has jurisdiction over the region including Pennsylvania, approved the request, but called for Pennsylvania state officials to respond by Saturday, Nov. 7.
The request likely won’t affect much even if SCOTUS sides with Republicans, as Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar confirmed earlier this week that these ballots were already being segregated by local election offices per the department’s request.
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