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Supreme Court leaves in place order requiring Pennsylvania to count absentee ballots after Election Day

Posted Mon, October 19th, 2020 8:53 pm by Amy Howe A deadlocked Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that requires Pennsylvania election officials to count absentee ballots received within three days after Election Day, Nov. 3, even if they are not postmarked. In two brief orders issued shortly after 7 p.m., the […]

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Justices delay action on FDA request to reinstate abortion-pill restrictions

Posted Thu, October 8th, 2020 9:30 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Friday put off action on a request from the Food and Drug Administration to reinstate a federal requirement that a pill used to induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy be picked up in person from a health care provider. […]

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Breyer rejects Republicans’ plea to stop ranked-choice voting in Maine

Amy Howe Independent Contractor and Reporter Posted Tue, October 6th, 2020 10:17 pm Posted Tue, October 6th, 2020 10:17 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea by Republicans in Maine to block the state from using ranked-choice voting in the upcoming presidential election. Justice Stephen Breyer, who handles emergency appeals […]

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Justices reinstate witness requirements for South Carolina absentee ballots

Posted Mon, October 5th, 2020 9:46 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Monday gave election officials in South Carolina the green light to enforce a state law that requires voters to sign absentee-ballot envelopes in the presence of a witness. The lower courts had barred the state from imposing the witness requirement, concluding […]

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South Carolina election officials, GOP ask justices to reinstate witness requirement for absentee ballots

Posted Thu, October 1st, 2020 6:37 pm by Amy Howe Election officials and South Carolina Republicans went to the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking the justices to reinstate a state law that requires voters to sign absentee-ballot envelopes in the presence of a witness. The dispute is the latest in a series of election-law battles […]

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Trump administration asks court to act quickly on census appeal

Posted Tue, September 22nd, 2020 4:29 pm by Amy Howe The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to quickly resolve another dispute related to the 2020 census and citizenship – this one involving whether people living in the country illegally must be included in the apportionment of congressional seats. Last year, the court […]

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Physicians tell justices not to disturb lower-court ruling that eased access to abortion pill during pandemic

Posted Tue, September 8th, 2020 5:50 pm by Amy Howe Lawyers for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to leave in place a lower-court order that allows patients, during the coronavirus pandemic, to avoid a requirement that they visit a medical office in order to obtain a pill […]

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Court allows government to proceed with execution of Native American inmate

Posted Tue, August 25th, 2020 11:58 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Tuesday night declined to block the execution, scheduled for Wednesday, of Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row. The justices, without any noted dissents, denied two emergency requests from Mitchell seeking to postpone the execution. Mitchell had argued […]

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Native American inmate asks court to stay execution

Posted Wed, August 19th, 2020 9:28 am by Amy Howe The only Native American on federal death row has asked the Supreme Court to put his death sentence on hold. In a filing submitted Tuesday, Lezmond Mitchell urged the justices to stay his execution, scheduled for Aug. 26, while they consider whether to take up […]

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Court denies Republicans’ request to reinstate witness requirement for Rhode Island absentee ballots

Posted Thu, August 13th, 2020 2:24 pm by Amy Howe The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to intervene in a dispute over absentee ballots for the upcoming elections in Rhode Island. The justices rejected a request by the Republican National Committee and Rhode Island Republicans to freeze a lower-court order that approved an agreement between […]