Federal Court Refuses To Toss Nearly 10,000 Late Mail-In Ballots in Battleground State

Federal Court Refuses To Toss Nearly 10,000 Late Mail-In Ballots in Battleground State


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Republicans suffered setbacks in court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday.

A federal appeals court rejected an effort to block about 9,300 mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania.

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The judges cited the “vast disruption” and “unprecedented challenges” of the coronavirus pandemic as they upheld the three-day extension.

U.S. Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith said “the lawfully cast vote of every citizen must count.”

The ruling involves a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision to accept mail-in ballots through Friday, Nov. 6, due to the pandemic and concerns about postal service delays.

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