Justice Barrett Ducks, Kavanaugh Silent, Alito Emboldened as SCOTUS Leaves Pa. Mail-in Ballot Counting Extension Intact

A 5-3 U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear Pennsylvania Republicans’ expedited challenge of a state Supreme Court ruling, leaving in place an extension permitting mail-in ballots to be counted up to three days after Election Day in the key swing state.

Newly minted Justice Amy Coney Barrett noticeably ducked out of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar decision, while fellow Donald Trump appointee Brett Kavanaugh kept silent. Meanwhile, the high court’s right flank consisting of Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch strongly suggested that this issue is far from over.

“The Court’s handling of the important constitutional issue raised by this matter has needlessly created conditions that could lead to serious post-election problems,” the trio of conservative justices
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