It may be how things have always been done, but President Trump doesn’t like it.
In the final days of his reelection campaign, Trump has waged a full war against counting ballots that arrive post-Election Day, just days after a divided Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding a ban on counting ballots that arrive after November 3 in the state of Wisconsin. The ruling, with the concurring opinion penned by Trump-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh, forecasts a cliffhanger on election night.
While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump tossed precedent out the window: “Hopefully the few states remaining that want to take a lot of time after November 3rd to count ballots, that won’t be allowed by the various courts.” Never mind the fact that mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day have always been counted in every election, every cycle, no matter the year or type of race leading up to this era.
Follow along with the TPM staff as we cover the final stretch of the campaign.