U.S. Supreme Court Orders that Pennsylvania Democrats Justify Constitutionality of State Judge's 3-Day Absentee Ballot Extension

Supreme Court orders Pennsylvania Democrats to respond in ballot dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered Pennsylvania Democrats to respond by Thursday evening in the critical and Constitutional election law case that is questioning a state judge’s Courter Ordered 3-day extension for allowing Mail-In Ballots to be submitted.

At question is whether or not the state's legislatively passed deadline can be legally over-ridden by judicial decision – in effect reversing State Law.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered Pennsylvania Democrats to provide legal justification as to the Constitutionality of a State Court Judge making law via it's 3-Day Extension for Mail-In Ballots admission, despite the state's legislature having set the deadline in law as being on Election Day.

President Trump moved to join in the lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Republicans which argues that the state’s Democrat Party – and its Democrat Secretary of State – violated Constitutional law by extending the time for counting mail-in ballots to Nov. 6 at 5 p.m., despite the state legislature's previously having set the deadline as Election Day.

Mr. Trump filed a motion Wednesday to get involved in the suit, claiming that how Pennsylvania goes could decide the presidential election and that the high court should settle the conflict over the ballot extension quickly.

The lawsuit takes issue with a state Supreme Court ruling that postmarked ballots be presumed to have been mailed before Nov. 3, even if not clearly postmarked to that effect.
 
“This is an open invitation to voters to cast their ballots after Election Day, thereby injecting chaos and the potential for gamesmanship into what had been an orderly and secure schedule of clear, bright-line deadlines,” state Republicans argue.

According to the court’s docket, the justices want Pennsylvania State Officials and its Democratic Party to respond before Friday’s ballot-counting deadline.

“Response to motion for leave to intervene requested, due Thursday, November 5, 2020, by 5 p.m.,” the docket read.

Newly minted U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the high court’s recent denial that the justices expedite their legal challenge.

The justices split 4-4 on the issue earlier this month, leaving Pennsylvania's Democrat-controlled State Supreme Court ruling in place, allowing votes be counted beyond Nov. 3rd.
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