Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to put a hold on a ruling in the presidential battleground state that extended the deadline in November’s election to receive and count mailed-in ballots.

Republicans, including President Trump’s campaign, have opposed such an extension, arguing that it 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 extension period even if they lack a postmark or legible postmark, unless there is proof they were mailed after polls closed.

“This is an open invitation to voters to cast their ballots after Election Day, thereby injecting chaos and the potential for gamesmanship into what was an orderly and secure schedule of clear, bright-line deadlines,” lawyers for the Senate’s two top Republicans wrote.

The state Democratic Party and its allies had sought an extension of Pennsylvania’s election day deadline to count mailed ballots as their voters were requesting mail-in ballots at a nearly 3-to-1 ratio over Republicans.

In its Sept. 17 ruling, the divided state Supreme Court said ballots must be postmarked by the time polls closed and be received by county election boards at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

The court cited warnings about Postal Service delays in making huge numbers of ballots late and surging demand for mailed ballots during the coronavirus pandemic to invoke the power, used previously by the state’s courts, to extend election deadlines during a disaster emergency.

Politics

When will we know if Biden or Trump won? It could depend on absentee ballot rules in these states

Politics

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These states will probably decide if Joe Biden or President Trump wins the election. And their absentee ballot laws could determine when we find out.

In another battleground state won narrowly by Trump in 2016, a federal appeals court on Sunday halted a lower court’s order to extend counting mailed-in ballots in Wisconsin by six days after election day.

The halt is a victory for Republicans and Trump over Democrats and their allies seeking more time as a way to help deal with an expected historic high number of absentee ballots.

The filing with the nation’s highest court comes as Pennsylvania counties have begun sending out ballots to registered voters who asked to vote by mail.

It also came less than two days after Trump, who is behind in national polls, claimed the only way he could lose Pennsylvania was if Democrats cheated — part of his long-running effort to discredit voting by mail.

“They’re going to try to steal the election,” he said at a Saturday rally at Harrisburg International Airport. “The only they way to win Pennsylvania frankly is to cheat on the ballots.”

Politics

Trump claims without evidence that mail voting leads to cheating: A guide to facts on absentee ballots

Politics

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COVID-19 has led to a push for vote by mail, but advocates face logistical and legal hurdles — and “rigged election” claims from President Trump.

Trump seized on an election error in northeastern Pennsylvania, where, according to a county official there, a temporary election worker mistakenly threw away nine mailed-in military ballots. There were no accusations of election fraud from authorities investigating it.

Federal investigators announced seven of the ballots were cast for Trump, raising questions about the Justice Department’s actions.

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said Monday that his administration was still trying to find out how and why they ended up in the trash. He also pointed out that voting by mail had been going on in Pennsylvania for a long time — although a year-old law greatly expanded it — and he suggested that Trump was calling it fraudulent because he was losing.

“I certainly understand the idea of the side that appears to be losing would call foul on the process,” Wolf said. “But the commonwealth is doing everything we can do make sure the elections are fair and every ballot is counted, just as we did back in the primary with this new system.”

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Television

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Television

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As Donald Trump and Joe Biden try to sway the rapidly vanishing “undecided voter,” 2020 is the year the presidential debates become pure TV spectacle.

California

Poll shows Californians give Newsom high marks on COVID-19, low marks on addressing homelessness

California

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A new poll by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom is currently enjoying an extremely strong political standing — even after he was forced to manage a litany of crises during his first two years in office including historic wildfires, rolling blackouts, the COVID-19 pandemic and a whipsawed state economy.

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Private employers show new interest in expanded Medicare and regulated drug prices

Politics

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Eager to control high costs, employers are more open to government regulation of drug prices and to expanding Medicare to younger Americans.

World & Nation

Barrett tied to religious group that ex-members say subordinates women

World & Nation

Barrett tied to religious group that ex-members say subordinates women

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has close ties to a religious group that holds that men are divinely ordained as ‘heads’ of family and faith.

California

So much for shaking hands and kissing babies: How COVID-19 is reshaping L.A. campaigns

California

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Many of the familiar rituals of stumping for votes are off the table during the COVID-19 pandemic, drastically changing what it looks like to run for office in L.A.

California

L.A. County sees no post-Labor Day spike in coronavirus numbers

California

L.A. County sees no post-Labor Day spike in coronavirus numbers

L.A. County reports an average of 1,074 new daily cases for the week ending Sept. 25, compared with 1,176 for the week ending Sept. 5.

Housing & Homelessness

There’s a pandemic, but home prices are at record levels in Southern California

Housing & Homelessness

There’s a pandemic, but home prices are at record levels in Southern California

The Southern California median home price rose 12% in August, as people took advantage of rock-bottom interest rates amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Orange County

Here’s how schools in other countries are handling reopening

Orange County

Here’s how schools in other countries are handling reopening

Experts say the safety of school reopenings depends on the measures schools put in place and how much the virus is still circulating in the community.

World & Nation

Sweden has escaped a second coronavirus wave so far. The question is why

World & Nation

Sweden has escaped a second coronavirus wave so far. The question is why

Sweden’s relatively low-key approach to coronavirus lockdowns captured the world’s attention, but the strategy’s effectiveness remains unclear.

Politics

Polls 2020: As Biden, Trump begin debates, the races in battleground states are tight

Politics

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Polls show a close race in battleground states of the Midwest and South ahead of Tuesday’s first debate — but Joe Biden has an edge over President Trump.

Politics

Trump administration: 2020 census to end Oct. 5, despite court order

Politics

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge’s ruling last week that the head count of every U.S. resident should continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted on the Census Bureau’s website Monday.

World & Nation

Feds to ship millions of coronavirus rapid tests in bid to reopen K-12 schools

World & Nation

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President Trump has announced the shipment of millions of rapid coronavirus tests to states this week

Music

First-time voter Tyler, the Creator urges fans to ‘pull up’ to the polls

Music

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The 29-year-old hip-hop mogul said that this would be the first election in which he voted, and he implored his fans to turn out on Nov. 3.

Politics

Cindy McCain joins Joe Biden’s presidential transition advisory board

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