The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to expedite a noisy dispute over Pennsylvania’s deadline for sending absentee ballots, but left open the possibility of reconsidering the issue after the election.
The Republican Party in Pennsylvania has asked the court to reconsider a decision of the state’s Supreme Court, which extended the deadline for returning ballots by three days until November 6.
Judge Samuel Alito, writing about himself and Judges Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuh, said that “there is simply not enough time at this late date to resolve the issue before the election”
President Trump, meanwhile, was in the west to gain support on the Nevada battlefield, holding a rally Wednesday afternoon across the border into neighboring Arizona over restrictions on the Silver State coronavirus. A senior Trump campaign official told CBS News that the president plans to visit 10 states in the final week of the campaign and hold 11 rallies in the 48 hours before election day.
Joe Biden continues to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, briefing with public health experts and making remarks in Wilmington, Delaware. The United States is experiencing an increase in new infections, with more than 83,000 cases reported on Monday and Tuesday, a new record.
The total number of early votes continues to show high turnout across the country, just six days before the election. More than 71 million Americans have already voted, representing approximately 51% of the total since 2016.