President Donald Trump raged in the Supreme Court after ruling that officials in Pennsylvania and North Carolina could count postal ballots after the election, arguing that the election should end on November 3rd.
& # 39; This decision is INSANE and so bad for our country. Can you imagine what will happen in that nine day period? The election should end on November 3rd, ”he tweeted.
Voting ends on November 3rd. However, the counting of the ballot papers can take several days, depending on how it turns out and how late the vote went. From a legal point of view, states have to let everyone who stands in line vote after the election deadline.
This will be complicated this year by the high number of postal ballot papers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many states accept ballot papers as long as they are postmarked by election day – which means it can take several days for the results to be listed.
The Supreme Court has allowed these extended deadlines in North Carolina and Pennsylvania – both of which Trump sees as crucial to his victory. Republicans believe Democrats are more likely to vote by mail, so limiting the number of late-arriving ballots is likely to favor them – meaning the SCOTUS decisions will be seen as victories for Joe Biden.
President Trump is furious in the Supreme Court over rulings that allow a longer deadline for ballot counting
"The election should end on November 3rd," tweeted President Trump
Off to the Midwest: Donald Trump raged at the Supreme Court before setting off on Marine One for campaign events in Michigan and Minnesota
On to the plane: Donald Trump goes from Marine One to Air Force One for stops in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota
Sign of Support: White House staff brought their families to see Trump boarding Marine One
Escort: Donald Trump is taken to Air Force One by an Air Force officer as he prepares to fly to the Midwest
Confidence: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows gives a thumbs up as he, Dan Scavino (right) and Stephen Miller (left) walk to Air Force One
In the air: With the president in the polls, he launched Air Force One to Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota
Republicans, especially the president, are angry at the extended deadlines and are suing multiple states to stop them.
Trump also warned Biden about packing the Supreme Court with more judges in a 2 o'clock tweet rage claiming his rival would "destroy the United States Supreme Court." The Democratic candidate said he would appoint a national commission to investigate the judicial system should he win the White House.
& # 39; If Sleepy Joe Biden is actually elected President, the 4 judges (plus 1) who helped make such a ridiculous victory possible would not only be sitting on a heavily packed court, but likely sitting on a REVOLVING COURT as well . At least the many new judges will be radical leftists! “Wrote the President.
His early morning tweet storm – which also predicted a "red wave" of Republican victories – came after the president spent the day campaigning in Florida and North Carolina. On Friday it will advertise in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended deadlines for receiving postal ballot papers in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The ruling was a huge victory for the Democrats, as mail-in ballots can be counted after November 3rd as long as they are postmarked by election day.
Both states are crucial to a victory in the White House. Trump will hold three rallies in Pennsylvania on Saturday. Biden was there on Monday. Trump's rally on Thursday in North Carolina has been canceled due to bad weather. He postponed it for this Monday.
Biden will fight in Pennsylvania on Sunday. On Monday, he, Jill Biden, runner-up Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will spend the day storming the state.
Republicans have won their own in the numerous lawsuits that both parties have conducted as a record number of Americans used postal ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 90 million people requested postal ballot papers this year, according to the election project, which is tracking voting data. And 53.6 million of those ballots were returned. So far this year, 82 million Americans have voted – either by personal early voting or by postal vote.
Below are some of the biggest wins for Trump and Biden in litigation.
NORTH CAROLINA BALLOT EXTENSION
The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the deadline for North Carolina to receive postal ballots.
The State Election Board, citing possible delays in the delivery of mail by the U.S. Postal Service, decided to allow postal ballots stamped on election day to be counted if they arrive up to nine days later.
The judges denied a request from Trump's campaign, the Republican National Committee, and North Carolina Republican officials to block a lower court-approved agreement allowing the extension.
The Supreme Court decision came two days after Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed in court. Barrett was not involved in the decision.
PENNSYLVANIA LAWSUIT VIA MAIL-IN DEADLINES
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in September that officials in the highly competitive state could accept postal ballot papers three days after the November 3rd election, provided they were postmarked by election day.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a motion by the Pennsylvania Republicans to quickly review the ruling.
On October 19, urging Republicans to stop the lower court's decision, the court blocked 4-4. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's three Liberal Justices in denying the motion.
Republicans prevailed on a key issue in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court interpreted a state law saying officials must throw away "bare ballot papers" – ballot papers that arrive without internal "confidentiality envelopes".
The Republicans argued that the secrecy sleeves help prevent fraud. Democrats have warned the ruling could result in more than 100,000 votes being cast.
PENNSYLVANIA JUDGE rejects election fraud claims
On October 10, Pittsburgh District Judge Nicholas Ranjan, a Trump-appointed representative, declined an offer by the Trump campaign and the Republican Party to restrict the use of dropboxes in Pennsylvania.
Ranjan wrote that the plaintiffs could not demonstrate any risk of election fraud. "At most you made a series of uncertain assumptions."
TEXAS BALLOT DROP-OFF SITES
Dropboxing has become a focal point for the partisans, and the Democrats are promoting it as a safe option for voters unsettled by the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. Postal Service delivery problems. Republican officials and Trump's campaign have argued, without evidence, that the boxes could enable election fraud.
The Republicans scored a huge victory in Texas on Tuesday when the state's Supreme Court ruled that Governor Greg Abbott can restrict ballot delivery locations.
“Plaintiffs complain that limiting the early delivery of postal ballot papers to one office per county requires more travel time for some voters. However, this ignores the other voting options these voters have, ”the court wrote. The three judges who made the decision are Republicans.
Texas voters must qualify for a postal vote, for example by being over 65 years of age, sick, disabled, or absent from their constituency during the early election period until election day.
Plaintiffs said they would not appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court.
Almost 8 million Texans cast ballots on Tuesday, accounting for nearly 90% of the total votes in 2016 – a percentage higher than any other state in the country, according to the US election project at the University of Florida.
FIGHT FOR MAIL-IN-BALLOTS IN WISCONSIN
Wisconsin election officials cannot count postal ballot papers received after the November 3rd election. A conservative majority in the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday, dealing a significant blow to the Democrats.
The 5-3 ruling left a ruling by the US 7th Court of Appeals that it was too close to election day to make material changes to the voting process.
The Supreme Court order was issued just before the Senate upheld Barrett.
Liberal Justice Elena Kagan disagreed, saying the majority's decision "disenfranchises large numbers of responsible voters amid dangerous pandemic conditions".
Wisconsin is critical to Trump's re-election chance against Biden.
Democrats had argued that ballot papers stamped by election day and arriving up to six days later should be counted. Such a policy would protect the right to vote if the number of postal ballot papers increases due to the coronavirus pandemic.
TEXAS SIGNING REQUIREMENT
A federal appeals court said Oct. 19 that Texas is not required to give voters a chance to correct rejected postal ballots because the signature does not match the state's.
The verdict came in a constituency lawsuit against Republican Party officials in Texas, a longtime Republican stronghold that may be up for grabs this year.
FLORIDA RESTRICTS EX-FELONS'S RIGHT TO VOTE
The US 11th Court of Appeals ruled in September that Florida can require offenders to pay fines, refunds, and legal fees before they regain their voting rights.
A decision of the lower court was overturned by 6-4 votes, according to which the measure amounted to an unconstitutional election tax. Five of the six judges in the majority were appointed by Trump.
Former Florida offenders are more likely to register as Democrats, according to an analysis published this month by the Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald and ProPublica.
According to a October 14 study by the Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform group, nearly 900,000 Floridians with convicted crimes will be unable to vote because of the decision.
The Texas Early Voting already tops the 2016 overall vote with nine million ballots cast as the state becomes the decisive battlefield
Texans have already cast more ballots in the presidential election than they did in all of 2016, an unprecedented increase in early voting in a state that was once the most reliable Republican in the country but is now potentially drifting towards battlefield status.
More than 9 million ballots were cast on Friday morning in the country's second most populous state, surpassing the 8,969,226 votes cast in 2016.
Texas is the first state to reach the milestone. This year's numbers were backed by Democratic activists who moved in court and won the right to extend the early voting by one week in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas also has limited options for voting via email compared to the rest of the country. This means that early in-person voting is the most important way to vote for people who do not want to queue up on election day and want to do so.
Texas voters do not register by party affiliation, so until the ballots are counted, no one can be sure whether one or the other will benefit from the increase in turnout.
Early wave of voting: voters in Texas have now cast more ballots than they did in 2016 – with the state involved, which may have flipped the Democrats for the first time since 1976
So far not to Texas: Joe Biden sent Kamala Harris to the Rio Grande Valley to get voters out of the heavily Latin American region
The fact that the state has exceeded its total vote count for the past presidential cycle and has hours to go in its early term ending Friday, and before millions more are likely to vote on election day, suggests a possible sea of electoral change.
For Democrats, anything else is likely to be positive. The party hasn't won a Texas state office since 1994 – the nation's longest political defeat – and none of its presidential candidates have promoted the state since Jimmy Carter in 1976. The party now believes it has a chance to take control of the US State House, turning up to six Congressional seats and one Senate seat.
President Donald Trump beat Texas with a comfortable 9 points over Hillary Clinton in 2016, despite the fact that that was the smallest 5-point lead since Republican Bob Dole beat Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign for months has insisted that Texas, with 38 votes, is one of the traditionally conservative states it wants to turn around – although Arizona and North Carolina have long been more optimistic.
Biden's runner-up, California Senator Kamala Harris, visited Fort Worth, Houston and the border town of McAllen between the US and Mexico decades on Friday, just four days before election day.
The news may not all be positive for the Democrats, however.
The rise in early voting is most evident in the suburban counties around Dallas and in areas outside of Austin, particularly in areas south of San Antonio.
One area where the vote has not increased dramatically is the Rio Grande Valley, which Harris will be in. The population is approximately 90% Mexicans and is one of the youngest and fastest growing areas in the state.
In Hidalgo County, which includes McAllen, the number of early votes has only increased about 1% compared to 2016, despite the extra week – well below the 15% increase in almost any other major Texas county.
If voters don't turn out there – especially if the rest of the state breaks records – it could mean trouble for both Biden and Democratic challenger MJ Hegar, who is trying to topple longtime Republican Senator John Cornyn. The area is solidly Democratic, although many of its Latino voters tend to be a little more conservative than many of their counterparts in other parts of Texas or in the country.
New wave: The early voting numbers in Texas have now set it on the way to achieve a significantly higher turnout than in 2016
It has also been one of the hardest hit areas in the country by the coronavirus and, like many parts of the country, has seen new cases soar over the past few weeks.
"They were forced to put bodies in FEMA refrigerated trailers because they ran out of space in morgues and funeral homes," said Beto O'Rourke, a former Congressman and Democratic presidential candidate who was within 3 percentage points of the Republican Senator angry. Ted Cruz in 2018 – and might have closed that void had he found more Hispanics in the Rio Grande Valley.
"This part of Texas has testified to the cruelty of the Trump administration and the incompetence of its leadership," added O & # 39; Rourke.
Recent polls have shown that Biden is at the top of Trump among Latinos in countries like Florida, but lags behind the support Clinton received from the community in 2016. The former vice president was in Florida on Thursday and noted that 20% of the country's population is now of Hispanic descent.
"It's our future and we should invest in the future," Biden told reporters during a campaign in Fort Lauderdale. "The better the community, the better the land."
Barack Obama will be campaigning with Joe Biden in Flint and Detroit tomorrow to get the African American voters out in Michigan – their first joint campaign appearance
Barack Obama will do two campaign appearances with Joe Biden in Michigan on Saturday – the first time they are on the President's Path together.
Obama has a campaign for Biden in solo stops in Philadelphia and Florida, but the two men who served together in the White House for four years are still on the same stage together due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The campaign selected Michigan to showcase the duo – known for their "bromance" in the White House.
Obama and Biden will appear at drive-in events in Flint and Detroit to try to win the state over to the Democracy ticket, particularly to bring African American voters to justice in the state.
The two will discuss "bringing Americans together to tackle the country's crises and win the battle for the soul of the nation," said Biden's campaign.
An early voting is already in progress in Michigan. As of Tuesday, more than 3.1 million voters had requested postal votes and about 2.1 million had given them back, according to the Michigan Secretary of State.
Former President Barack Obama will do two campaign appearances with Joe Biden in Michigan on Saturday – this will be their first joint appearance on the Campaign Trail
Biden leads Michigan's RealClearPolitics survey average with 6.5 points.
President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Waterford Township on Friday, Sterling Heights on Sunday and Grand Rapids on Monday. He visited Michigan six times in 2020.
Michigan is part of the "blue wall" – the industrialized states of the Midwest that used to be firmly in the corner of the Democrats.
But Trump broke that wall in 2016, carrying Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Trump carried both Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by less than 1 point in the 2016 election. He was the first Republican candidate to run the States in more than 20 years.
Both campaigns are focused on the Midwest for the last four days leading up to election day.
President Obama and Vice President Biden – seen together in the Rose Garden in 2016 – were known for their bromance in the White House
Biden and Trump are fighting in Wisconsin on Friday as coronavirus cases reach new levels. Wisconsin is the third largest state in COVID cases per capita.
Biden leads the RealClearPolitics polls in Wisconsin with six points.
In the meantime, the Biden campaign has announced its plans to close the campaign. The entire ticket will be used for the must-win state of Pennsylvania on Monday.
Joe Biden, Jill Biden, Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will "storm Pennsylvania and fan out into all four corners of the state," a campaign statement said.
Biden will also fight in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Both sides are working hard to win Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes. Trump wants to repeat his victory in 2016 and Biden wants to win the state he was born in.
Trump will hold three rallies in Pennsylvania on Saturday – in Bucks County, Reading and Butler. He is expected to make another stopover in the state before election day. And he held three rallies in the state on Monday.
Biden leads with four points on the RealClearPolitics average of the polls in the state.
The Trump campaign also uses an all-hands-on-deck approach to Pennsylvania.
First Lady Melania Trump had a rare campaign appearance there on Tuesday. And the first daughter Ivanka Trump was there on Wednesday.
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