Supreme Court declines to weigh in — for now — on deadline to return Pennsylvania mail ballots
PHILADELPHIA — The Republican Party of Pennsylvania’s attempt to fast-track a potential U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether to overturn the state Supreme Court’s extension of the mail ballot deadline was denied Wednesday.The party’s request to have the court take up the case still remains open, but the court denied the request to expedite the process. That means the court could still take up the case and ultimately reverse the deadline extension, even after Election Day.Pennsylvania law requires mail ballots to be received by county elections offices by 8 p.m. Eastern time on Election Day, ...
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Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Ruling Permitting Mail-In Ballots To Count Up To 6 Days After Election Day
In a 5-3 vote, the Supreme Court shut down on Monday a Wisconsin federal court decision permitting absentee ballots to be counted up to six days after the election, so long as they had been postmarked by Election Day.The decision came the same day Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the newest justice, cementing the court’s conservative majority.Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh all wrote separate opinions highlighting the importance of not tampering with state election laws too close to an election.About 30 states require absentee ballots to be received by El...
Biden Says He Will Appoint Commission To ‘Study’ Whether To Expand Supreme Court
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has announced, that if elected, he would establish a bipartisan commission to “study” what Supreme Court and federal court reforms should be made because “it is getting out of whack.” Biden has come under pressure from progressives to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court after Republicans forced through Trump’s arch conservative nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Monday.In a 60 Minutes interview with CBS host Norah O’Donnell, Biden said that within 180-days of inauguration, the administration would form the group.“If elected, what I will do is I’l...
Despite Democrats threats, Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court
Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday evening by a 52-48 Senate vote. Only Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who is in a very tight re-election campaign, voted against her on the Republican side. All 47 Democrats voted against her.Shortly after her confirmation, Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath of office in a Rose Garden ceremony, making Barrett officially a Justice of the Supreme Court. It couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, as the court is about to hear cases on the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and other cases dealing with ab...
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Could the election in Pennsylvania be decided by the Supreme Court? Probably not. Here's why
PHILADELPHIA — Nobody wants to be the Florida of 2020.But as Pennsylvania works to pull off the most complicated election in living memory, with the added pressure of being one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds in the presidential race, it’s being sued left and right. President Donald Trump has made the state a top target for his unfounded accusations of voter fraud and attacks on the electoral system.Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked last week on whether to block a mail ballot deadline extension ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, just as Republicans were rushing to ...
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Trump boosted by Supreme Court confirmation days ahead of US election
President Donald Trump's struggling reelection campaign received a boost Monday with the confirmation of his latest Supreme Court nominee, tilting the top body to the right and clinching his judicial legacy in a landmark victory for American conservatives.The Republican-controlled Senate elevated Amy Coney Barrett to the lifelong position in a 52-48 vote, capping a rapid and deeply contentious process that makes her the sixth conservative, and third Trump appointee, on the nine-member court."This is a momentous day for America, for the United States Constitution and for the fair and impartial ...
Soku oil field: Supreme Court strikes out Bayelsa appeal
Rivers State may be inching closer to permanently taking over the highly contentious Soku oil field following the striking out on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, of an appeal filed by Bayelsa State at the apex court.Bayelsa State had appealed against a Federal High Court order that the state should refund 13 percent derivation fund from federal allocation it had wrongfully been collecting over the years from Soku oil field.But the Supreme Court struck out the suit, saying by seeking such an order to make judicial pronouncement on a matter that the Court of Appeal had not even ruled on, the Bayelsa ...
Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation expected Monday in boost for Trump
Washington (AFP) - Despite trailing in the polls barely one week from election day, US President Donald Trump on Monday will likely celebrate a monumental victory for the conservative cause: his third nominee confirmed onto the US Supreme Court.Appellate Judge Amy Coney Barrett is all but certain to become the ninth justice on the nation's highest court, after Democrats failed to derail the contentious process in a sharply divided Senate.In a rare Sunday session, the Senate's Republican majority overcame a filibuster by Democrats, and Barrett's nomination cleared a procedural hurdle, 51-48, to...
Pennsylvania GOP again asks Supreme Court to block mail ballot deadline extension
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s Republican Party has filed a new request that the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the three-day mail ballot deadline extension that the state Supreme Court had ordered for the general election.The Pennsylvania court had ordered ballots to be counted if they are received by mail up to 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, and are either postmarked by Nov. 3 or have no or illegible postmarks. State law normally requires ballots to be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.In a filing Friday night with the nation’s high court, the state Republican Party made essentially the same a...
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Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination goes to full Senate
With Democrats refusing to show up for the vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote before Election Day."This is a groundbreaking, historic moment," said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the committee chairman. "We did it."All 12 Republicans on the panel voted in favor of Barrett, a conservative judge. Democrats displayed posters at their desks of Americans they say have benefited from the Affordable Care Act now being challenged in the high court.The final confirmation vote is expected Monday. Wi...
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