Jeff Kowalsky / AFP via Getty ImagesDetroit election workers count absentee ballots for the 2020 general election on Nov. 4, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan. (Jeff Kowalsky / AFP via Getty Images)
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.
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.
Republicans have also asked the U.S.