… election law expert Rick Hasen told the New York Times, “God help the United States of America.”
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Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Westerman Wolf and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that decided they are in charge of election laws.
Pennsylvania could be a pivotal battleground state in determining the winner of the presidential election, but as the state receives an influx of mail-in ballots that it won’t start counting until Election Day—or, in some counties, even later—it could be days before it becomes clear who won the Keystone State.
- …a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision ruling that ballots can’t be challenged or thrown out over signature issues
- Pennsylvania will accept mail-in ballots that are delivered up to three days after Election Day, and while the U.S. Supreme Court declined to change the deadline, justices raised the possibility they could reconsider the case after Election Day—meaning that those post-Election Day ballots could get tied up in court proceedings if the vote is close enough that they’d affect the outcome.
“If it turns out to be really close and it comes down to Pennsylvania,” election law expert Rick Hasen told the New York Times, “God help the United States of America.”
Pennsylvania has been one of the most fraught battleground states in the November election, as Trump and the GOP have challenged everything from the state’s mail-in ballot deadline and ballot drop boxes to poll watchers and the mail-in ballots themselves. Trump, who has made the state a regular stop on his campaign trail ahead of the election, has frequently complained about the state’s voting policies, calling the extended mail-in voting deadline a “disaster for our nation” and calling Philadelphia’s refusal to allow poll watchers in satellite election offices where mail-in ballots get dropped off—because they’re not official polling places—“corruption.”