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Supreme Court split ruling means Pennsylvania can accept ballots received 3 days after Election Day

The high court's decision marks a loss for Republican opponents. 

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Supreme Court building in 2018
Supreme Court building in 2018
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Updated: October 19, 2020 - 8:41pm

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued an evenly split 4-4 decision in a case regarding whether Pennsylvania can count ballots received as many as three days after the upcoming election.

As a consequence of the tie, the high court did not issue a stay regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling permitting ballots to be counted until Nov. 6.

The high court's decision marks a loss for Republican opponents. 

The Associated Press reported that the state Supreme Court in a ruling last month said that ballots should be postmarked by the time polls close and obtained by the county election boards at 5 p.m. Nov. 6.

The outlet said that the court also noted that ballots could be counted if they did not include a clear postmark, except if evidence showed that the ballot had been mailed after polls closed.
 

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