Amy Coney Barrett’s elevation to Supreme Court may affect key Pennsylvania ballot case

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Once Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court, she could help decide a key Supreme Court case in Pennsylvania that mandates that mail-in ballots received within three days after Election Day be counted.

Last Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that allows the state to count mailed-in ballots received within three days after the Nov. 3 election, denying a request by the Pennsylvania Republican Party.

It’s a sensitive political issue nationally, considering that Pennsylvania plays an important role in the campaign strategies of President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The winner of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes is likely to be the next president.

With a Supreme Court seat open after the death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18, the court was evenly split. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge in Indiana, could join the high court as early as Monday night after her expected Senate confirmation vote.

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