Supreme Court Throws Out Thousands Of Votes With New Rule

( Election Day is right around the corner, but just like the last major Election Day in 2020, the results from this year’s probably won’t be known on the night of the election.

There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that mail-in ballots have increased substantially in recent years, starting with 2020 when the U.S. was in the midst of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials in Pennsylvania are letting people know that it’s very unlikely that results of its big Senate election this year — which are shaping up to be some of the tightest in the country — probably won’t be available on Tuesday, November 8.

The reason for this isn’t because something fishy is going on — or expected to be going on, though. Instead, it’s due to state laws that prohibit mail-in ballots from being processed any time before 7 a.m. on the day of the election.

Speaking at a media briefing recently, Leigh Chapman, the acting secretary of state for Pennsylvania, said:

“When there are delays in counting, it doesn’t mean anything nefarious is happening. It’s just what the law is in Pennsylvania.”

The Keystone State was an important swing state in the 2020 presidential election, and it’s at the center of national politics again during this election cycle. The race for U.S. Senate there between Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democrat John Fetterman is likely to come down to the wire.

A recent poll conducted by Monmouth University, for instance, shows that Fetter, the state’s current lieutenant governor, has 48% of the vote compared to Oz, a former TV personality, who has 44%.

While Pennsylvania election officials expect that most of the votes from the state’s 67 counties should be tabulated by the night of the election, if the race between Fetterman and Oz does indeed prove to be very close, then eligible votes that are received after Election Day will come into play. These eligible votes include ballots from military personnel stationed overseas.

Julie Wheeler, the president commissioner overseeing the Board of Elections in Pennsylvania’s York County, explained:

“We don’t leave here until all the votes are completely tabulated on Election Day. Not every county is able to do that. If the race is too close to call, you’ll need all 67 counties’ unofficial results in.”

Provisional ballots could also prove crucial in Pennsylvania’s election. These ballots are ones that are flagged during Election Day, which gives county officials extra time to determine whether the vote is eligible or not.

This could include instances of voters reporting to the wrong precinct, not reporting an address change to their local election office, or not bringing their required ID with them when they show up to vote.

While there are legitimate reasons why votes in Pennsylvania — and potentially in other key swing states, too — could be delayed this year, there are more people who are wary of situations like this after the events of the 2020 presidential election.