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SCOTUS Deadlock Hands Victory to Voters in Pennsylvania as Floridians Break Early Voting Record

HeadlineOct 20, 2020

In a victory for Democrats and voting rights advocates, the Supreme Court has ruled Pennsylvania election officials can count incoming mail-in ballots for up to three days after Election Day. A 4-4 tie on the court leaves in place a ruling from a lower court which extended the deadline to count ballots due to the pandemic and delays in postal deliveries. Voting rights groups warn the deadlocked decision by the Supreme Court signals Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett will cast the deciding vote in any election disputes, if confirmed. During her Senate hearings, she refused to say whether she would recuse herself from an election case, and refused to say whether a president should commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

In other voting news, Florida shattered its record for in-person early voting Monday as over 350,000 people lined up at polling sites to cast ballots. Across the U.S., over 30 million people have already voted in the election, which represents around one-fifth of the total number of votes cast in 2016. Early voting starts today in Wisconsin and Utah.

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