Thursday, October 29, 1:15 a.m, F9News: In the dispute over postal votes in the US states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina, the Democrats have achieved legal success. The US Supreme Court has mailed ballot papers counted there that arrive after the November 3rd election date.
In Pennsylvania, postal ballot papers should still be valid if they arrive up to three days later. It’s even nine days in North Carolina. The Supreme Court allowed these decisions by the relevant electoral bodies to take effect. The Republicans had unsuccessfully requested that the deadline for acceptance of election papers be shortened.
In view of the corona pandemic, it is reported by 4besnews that significantly more Americans vote by letter than usual. At the same time, it is unclear how long the letters could take after austerity measures at the US Post. There are already disputes in several states, further proceedings could follow. It is likely that the Supreme Court will have the final say.
In North Carolina, the electoral authority had extended the deadline for the arrival of ballots from three to nine days. An appeals court declared that to be admissible. The Supreme Court now voted for this decision with a majority of five to three votes. The three conservative judges Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas appealed. Supreme Court rookie Amy Coney Barrett was not involved in the case.
In the Pennsylvania case, the Supreme Court initially only denied a motion by the Republicans to expedite their lawsuit against the three-day deadline. But that means it remains in force for the time being. However, three conservative judges expressly kept it open to take up the case again after the election.
Pennsylvania and North Carolina are among the contested states that could make the choice. Pennsylvania is about 20 voters; North Carolina is about 15.
A number of US retailers have taken security measures out of concerns about unrest in the presidential election. In Chicago, New York and Washington in particular, more than 600 shopkeepers had shop windows boarded up or similar steps taken before election day next Tuesday, the service provider Service Channel announced on Friday (local time). The company connects retailers with contractors who do this work. Companies like Nordstrom, Tiffany and Saks Fifth Avenue want to make use of the protective measures. They also plan to hire additional security guards.
Many US retailers are forced to act in an election year that was already marked by massive, sometimes violent protests against social injustice. The National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association, said it had sent advisers to members and created platforms to discuss security strategies.