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Republicans ask Supreme Court to halt Pennsylvania count

Dante Mwandawiro
Written by Dante Mwandawiro

A US Supreme Court justice on Friday denied a request by Pennsylvania’s Republicans to immediately halt the counting of ballots arriving after Election Day — referring the challenge to the full court for a ruling on Saturday. Samuel Alito ordered Pennsylvania in the meantime to continue keeping the late-arriving ballots separate, affirming a decision already made by the state’s top elections official.

The last-ditch petition for an emergency injunction — filed as Democrat Joe Biden solidified his lead and was poised to defeat President Donald Trump — targeted thousands of ballots. Most are believed to favour Biden, and Republicans say they should be disqualified under Pennsylvania state law.

As a first step, the party wanted the high court to order the late-arriving ballots be kept apart from others and prevent them from being tallied.

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