It’s heating up in Pennsylvania right now.
News just came in that Justice Samuel Alito has issued an order that allows Pennsylvania elections officials to separate ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Alito’s decision grants Republicans’ request to put the ballots in a secure container and have them counted separately.
Ultimately the separation of the ballots could lead to the ballots being thrown out considering they were received after the state’s deadline and would help Trump chances of winning the state of Pennsylvania.
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#SupremeCourt Justice Samuel #Alito asked officials in #Pennsylvania to file briefs at 9am in response to a lawsuit filed by Rep. Mike Kelly in a bid to overturn the state’s #ElectionResults. https://t.co/BanlJOZOmt
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) December 6, 2020
BREAKING FROM SCOTUS: Justice Alito has issued an Order than any ballots received after after 8pm on election day in PA be segregated and secured – and if counted, counted separately. There is a petition pending before SCOTUS. Alito orders opposing side to reply by 2p Saturday.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) November 7, 2020
UPDATE: Justice Alito has just moved response deadline up from Wednesday at 4pm to Tuesday at 9am on @MikeKellyPA emergency application seeking to have #SCOTUS declare that PA mail-in ballot system adopted by legislature violated the state constitution.
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) December 6, 2020
Fox News added more details see what they had to share:
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has issued a temporary order requiring Pennsylvania elections officials to segregate ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day.
The move grants a GOP request, at least for now, to place the ballots in a secure, sealed container and have them counted separately, if at all.
The Pennsylvania GOP asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order after it was unable to get at least 25 of the county boards to confirm they were already doing that, and Alito agreed.
Alito, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush, said that the court had not previously been informed on state guidance handed down to counties on Oct. 28 about what to do with ballots received between the 8 p.m. Nov. 3 deadline and Friday, Nov. 6.
There is a petition on the merits of the case still pending before the Supreme Court — which could potentially step in to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and void votes after they have been cast in a state that has the potential to decide the presidential election.
JUST IN: Justice Alito issues order to Pennsylvania Counties to segregate mail-in ballots that were received after 8pm Election Day until 5pm today. The DOS had previously already issued this guidance to counties. pic.twitter.com/vO8pVlEMcm
— Chelsea Koerbler (@ChelseaKoerbler) November 7, 2020
USA Today covered the story too:
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who handles emergency appeals from Pennsylvania, on Friday night ordered the state’s county elections officials to keep separate mail-in ballots that arrived after 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Prior to Alito’s decision, the state’s top elections official had ordered those ballots be kept apart. But Alito acted after the state Republican Party said they couldn’t be sure election officials are complying with guidance, which was issued by Boockvar, a Democrat.
Separating ballots in PA is a big step for the GOP fighting for election integrity in the state.
Let’s keep a close eye on PA for the next couple of days and see where this leads.