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We’re Still Waiting On SCOTUS To Act On A Blockbuster Voting Dispute In Pennsylvania

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 17: A volunteer gives an "I VOTED TODAY" sticker to a woman after she cast her early voting ballot at the A. B. Day School polling location on October 17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvan... PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 17: A volunteer gives an "I VOTED TODAY" sticker to a woman after she cast her early voting ballot at the A. B. Day School polling location on October 17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the election only a little more than two weeks away, a new form of in-person early voting by using mail ballots, has enabled millions of voters to cast their ballots. President Donald Trump won the battleground state of Pennsylvania by only 44,000 votes in 2016, the first Republican to do so since President George Bush in 1988. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 19, 2020 11:57 a.m.

It’s been 13 days since the U.S. Supreme Court received its last round of briefings in the closely-watched dispute over whether Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court can extend the deadlines for absentee ballots to be received in the state. The justices have typically sought to settle such election disputes pretty quickly, so the delay in this case is notable, and has election law experts on edge. Usually when the court is dragging its feet on weighing in on an emergency dispute like the Pennsylvania case, it’s because a justice is writing — either a substantive opinion (which is not required in emergency requests for the court’s action) or a vehement dissent.

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