HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court on Thursday handed victories to the Democratic Party in an election-related lawsuit that sought favorable fixes to glitches and gray areas in the battleground state's fledgling mail-in voting law.
The state Supreme Court, which has a 5-2 Democratic majority, granted the Democratic Party's request to order an extension of Pennsylvania's Election Day-deadline to count mailed-in ballots for three days after Election Day.
It also authorized the use of satellite election offices and drop boxes — which Philadelphia and its heavily populated suburbs are planning to use help relieve the pressure from an avalanche of mailed-in ballots expected in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
"This is a victory that will help ensure that every eligible voter will more easily be able to cast their ballot and have it counted fairly," Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, both Democrats, said in a joint statement. "Now, we and every county election worker will continue our efforts to administer an election that is secure, fair and accessible in every way."
Republican Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey views the court's ruling differently.
"Today's blatantly political decision to violate the law irresponsibly heightens the risk that our state will experience a lengthy, disputed, and controversial outcome in what is expected to be an extremely close presidential race," Toomey said.
The court's ruling comes as Wolf and the state's Republican-controlled Legislature are at a stalemate over some of the issues, less than seven weeks before the election.
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