The Supreme Court has allowed the counting of ballots in North Carolina received nine days after the election as long as the ballots are postmarked by Election Day, dealing a victory to Democrats.
The court’s order is a loss for Republicans and the Trump campaign that had asked the court to reinstate a three-day extension that had been set by the legislature last June.
Newly sworn in Justice Amy Coney Barrett took no part in the decision because she did not have time to fully review the briefs.
A federal appeals court had allowed the nine day extension that was set by the State Board of Elections amid the pandemic, as part of a legal settlement.
“The extension simply makes it easier for more people to vote absentee in the middle of a global pandemic that has killed over 200,000 Americans,” the appeals court ruled.