The United States Supreme Court issued an order late on Friday night, Nov. 6, directing election officials in Pennsylvania to segregate mail-in ballots received after Election Day.
“All county boards of election are hereby ordered, pending further order of the Court, to comply with the following guidance provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth on October 28 and November 1, namely, (1) that all ballots received by mail after 8:00 p.m. on November 3 be segregated and kept ‘in a secure, safe, and sealed container separate from other voted ballots,’ and (2) that all such ballots, if counted, be counted separately,” Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the order.
“Pa. Dep’t of State, Pennsylvania Guidance for Mail-in and Absentee Ballots Received From the United States Postal Service After 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Oct. 28, 2020); Pa. Dep’t of State, Canvassing Segregated Mail-in and Civilian Absentee Ballots Received by Mail After 8:00 p .m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and Before 5:00 p .m. on Friday, November 6, 2020 (Nov. 1, 2020),” he added.
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The order came amid mounting lawsuits alleging irregularities, voter fraud, ballot tampering continues in Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, a legal group, which is not associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign, filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania alleging that there are at least 21,000 dead people active on the state’s registered voter lists, reported Daily Caller.
“This case is about ensuring that those deceased registrants are not receiving ballots,” J. Christian Adams, Public Interest Legal Foundation president and general counsel, wrote in the press release. “This case isn’t complicated. For nearly a year, we’ve been offering specific data on deceased registrants to Pennsylvania officials for proper handling ahead of what was expected to be a tight outcome on Election Day.”
“When you push mail voting, your voter list maintenance mistakes made years ago will come back to haunt in the form of unnecessary recipients and nagging questions about unreturned or outstanding ballots,” he continued.
The Trump campaign has filed suits in Pennsylvania and other crucial states that could determine who becomes president. President Trump saw a massive lead in Pennsylvania on election night shrink as election officials tally up mail-in ballots.
“I had such a big lead in all of these states late into election night, only to see the leads miraculously disappear as the days went by. Perhaps these leads will return as our legal proceedings move forward!” President Trump wrote in a tweet on Friday, which is now blocked.
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania can be received as late as three day after Election Day as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.
The 2020 presidential election remains undecided. As of Friday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads in Pennsylvania with 49.6% compared to 49.2% for President Trump, according to Fox News Decision Desk.