What’s the Ballot Deadline? Who Knows

What’s the Ballot Deadline? Who Knows. By the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.


This week Pennsylvania Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a state judicial ruling that says late ballots must be counted, even if they lack postmarks and arrive three days after the statutory deadline. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, controlled by Democratic justices who are chosen in partisan elections, issued that order Sept. 17 in a 4-3 vote.

State law says valid ballots must arrive by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. The court unilaterally pushed it to Nov. 6. If a postmark is missing or illegible, officials are told to presume that the ballot was mailed on time.

“This is an open invitation to voters to cast their ballots after Election Day,” say Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Senate, in their filing to the U.S. Supreme Court. They add that by extending the ballot deadline, the state jurists “usurped” the Legislature’s authority over elections under the U.S. Constitution. …


In Wisconsin last week, a federal judge said ballots postmarked by Election Day could arrive by Nov. 9. …


In Minnesota a lawsuit filed last week in district court challenges a consent decree agreed to by a Democratic state leader, which says mail votes are valid through Nov. 10, even if they lack postmarks. …


In Michigan the GOP sued in state court, seeking to overturn a judge’s order that straggling ballots, if mailed by Nov. 2, could arrive as late as Nov. 17. …

North Carolina:

A lawsuit in North Carolina federal court seeks to kill a legal settlement entered into by the state Board of Elections, which would count postmarked ballots through Nov. 12. …

What’s going to happen:

The U.S. Supreme Court might be hesitant to intervene, but the Pennsylvania appeal has already reached its chambers, and others could get there before Nov. 3.

If the Justices don’t step in to stop this chaotic, last-minute judicial law-writing before the election, they might have to do so afterward, at far greater political cost to themselves and the country.

The Left has gone mad. They will destroy trust and the Republic. If the left cannot win except by cheating, then they should change their policies and move back towards the political center.

via Tip of the Spear