Legal Decisions on Ballot Counting Deadlines Draw Differences Between States

Headline Roundup October 30th, 2020

Separate court rulings this week drew stark differences among states in determining how mail-in votes would be counted in the 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania and North Carolina could count mail-in votes past Election Day on Nov. 3. Pennsylvania will count ballots received up until Nov. 6, and North Carolina will accept ballots until Nov. 12. In Minnesota, an appeals court ruled that mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3 to be counted.

Coverage from throughout the spectrum focused on all three states' cases, and President Donald Trump's subsequent statement that "the Election should END on November 3." Reports from right-rated sources tended to focus on the Minnesota case; some referred to it as a Democratic Party "scheme." Some coverage from left- and center-rated sources focused on the Supreme Court rulings as rejections of Republican-led efforts.

Legal Decisions on Ballot Counting Deadlines Draw Differences Between States

From the Center
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The Supreme Court, for the second time in two days, rejected a GOP request to shorten the deadline mail-in ballots must be received by North Carolina officials to be counted.

The state of play: The state's deadline had been extended from 3 days to 9 days post-Election Day.

The big picture: These are the latest in a series of decisions over ballot deadlines in states across the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The rulings come shortly after the court rejected an effort by Wisconsin Democrats and civil rights groups to...

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From the Left
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WASHINGTON — In a pair of decisions welcomed by Democrats, the Supreme Court on Wednesday let election officials in two key battleground states, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, accept absentee ballots for several days after Election Day.

In the Pennsylvania case, the court refused a plea from Republicans in the state that it decide before Election Day whether election officials can continue receiving absentee ballots for three days after Nov. 3.

In the North Carolina case, the court let stand lower court rulings that allowed the state’s board of elections to...

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From the Right
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A federal appeals court blocked Minnesota Democrats from extending the state’s mail-in ballot deadline past Election Day, handing state Republicans a major legal victory.

In a 2-1 ruling, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that mail-in ballots in Minnesota must be received by Nov. 3 in order to be counted. The court ruled that Minnesota secretary of state Steve Simon violated the Constitution when he attempted to extend "the deadline for receipt of ballots without legislative authorization."

Minnesota Republicans filed the lawsuit in September to challenge Simon’s proposal, which...

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