All of us understood Election Day 2020 would not be typical. And yet it still appears amazing that we do not understand yet who will be the president of the United States on Jan. 20.
And we might not know for a long time if we’ll have 4 more years of President Trump or a recently inaugurated President Joe Biden.
Even if news organizations state a winner in the close presidential race, that’s not the main outcome. States have until Dec. 8 to settle any election conflicts and license their results prior to the meeting of state electors in every state Dec. 14, when they cast their Electoral College elect president.
While understanding who won a presidential election typically doesn’t take this long, it isn’t extraordinary if it does. Reflect to Bush v. Gore There, the race in between Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore wasn’t decided up until December, when the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in to end any more vote recounts in Florida since of the mistakes made by state courts and election officials.
Everyone hopes it won’t come to that again, however election-related litigation is currently underway at a dizzying speed and could play an essential role in choosing what has changed into an exceptionally tight race.
Here’s a look at legal fights in crucial states.
The litigation in Pennsylvania began well prior to Election Day An uniformly divided U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 and left in location a judgment by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court requiring officials to count absentee tallies received by Friday Nov. 6.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had likewise ruled that state officials might not decline late-received ballots unless they could produce proof that the ballot was mailed after Election Day– and that they might not turn down tallies due to mismatched citizen signature s. That’s a standard tally integrity procedure utilized in numerous jurisdictions.
The U.S. Supreme Court likewise declined a subsequent request to rule on the benefits of the dispute prior to the election, and might now have put itself in the unenviable position of ruling on the merits of the dispute after the election– which could, in impact, decide the outcome. Most likely acknowledging this truth, President Trump’s campaign filed a movement Wednesday to intervene in the event.
Still, that’s not the only pending litigation in Pennsylvania. It gets messy, so hang on.
Also on Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed a suit seeking to enable observers to be close enough to really observe the counting of ballots in Philadelphia. A Pennsylvania state trial court turned down the demand, however the next day, a Pennsylvania appellate court reversed the ruling.
The appeals court stated that “reliable instantly … all candidates, watchers, or prospect agents [shall] be permitted to be present for the canvassing procedure … and be allowed to observe all aspects of the canvassing procedure within 6 feet, while sticking to all COVID-19 protocols, consisting of, using masks and maintaining social distancing.”
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