On Monday, the Supreme Court ended a GOP-led effort to block an extended period of ballot counting in the crucial transitional presidential state of Pennsylvania.
Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the three Liberals in the High Court, resulting in a 4-4 tie. Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh sided with the state’s GOP.
In the event of a 4-4 block, the lower court’s decision is confirmed and maintained. In this case, a decision favorable to State Democrats won.
The tribunal is not at full capacity and has been forced to render a decision with just eight judges, due to the vacant seat left by late judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which is expected to be filled by President Trump’s candidate Amy Coney Barrett .
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The ruling means Pennsylvania will be able to accept and count ballots for up to three days after Tuesday’s election, until Friday, November 6.
For these types of urgent appeals, a 4-4 tie by the U.S. Supreme Court means that the state court ruling that favored the state Democrats is upheld.
The news comes on the same day the High Court announced it would hear key cases related to Trump’s immigration policy.
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One case concerns the Trump administration’s “Stay in Mexico” asylum policy, and the other concerns the funding of the wall under construction on the US-Mexico border.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report