By- Mohd. Arkan
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed the election officials of Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day that was on November 3, turning down the Republican party’s request to put an emergency stay on the extended counting period- a special pandemic-related procedure approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court which is the highest court of the State granted an extension of three days for the mail-in of the ballot paper from Election Day. The Republicans moved the U.S. Supreme Court asking to put an emergency stay on this extension. This request needed the in-favor vote of at least five U.S. Supreme Court Judges to be approved. However, the vote was tied with four in-favor and four against votes which mean the failure of effort.
The Pennsylvania State election poll result is a very crucial and swing state in a race to become the President of the U.S. Both the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his Republican rival U.S. President Donald Trump is hoping to win this crucial swing state where Joe Biden is leading overall as of yet.
Earlier in the 2016 Presidential Elections, Mr. Donald Trump won the Pennsylvania state by defeating Hilary Clinton by a margin of 44,000 votes or less than a percentage point.
The Republicans moved the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court of order in the country, asking to put an emergency stay on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order which allowed an extension of three days from the Election Day for the turning in of votes.
The U.S. Supreme court granted permission to the Pennsylvania Election Officers for the extension of vote counting in the state for a period of three days from the Election Day
The Highest Court ruling was tied by four to four votes of the Supreme Court Judges
In order to pass the stay on the order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Republicans required assent from at least five Judges of the U.S. Supreme Court
The four to four tie resulted in the failure of effort
The four most conservative Judges of the Supreme Court namely, Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch, and Brett M. Kavanaugh, said that they would have granted the stay
But the Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sided with the liberal Judges of the Supreme Court – Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan and voted against the stay
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Pennsylvania State Election Officers to count the mail-in ballot votes received up to three days after the Election Day, turning down the request of the Republicans to put an emergency stay on the order of Pennsylvania Supreme Court granting a three-day vote-counting extension period from the Election Day.
The State of Pennsylvania is a crucial and swing state in the Presidential race and both the Democratic party candidate Mr. Joe Biden and President Donald Trump of the Republican party are eyeing to win this crucial swing state. However, Joe Biden is leading in the overall elections in the state, as per the polls.