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State GOP lawmakers ask Supreme Court for stay on ruling that extends mail-in ballot deadline

In Monday's filing, Republicans argue that the three-day extension violates federal law that sets Election Day as the first Tuesday in November.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on a court ruling in the battleground state that extends the deadline in November’s election to receive and count mailed-in ballots. 

In Monday's filing, Republicans argue that the three-day extension violates federal law that sets Election Day as the first Tuesday in November and that such a decision constitutionally belongs to lawmakers, not the court.

Republicans also object to a portion of the state court’s ruling that orders counties to count ballots that arrive during the three-day period even if they lack a postmark or legible postmark, unless there is proof they were mailed after polls closed. 

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