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Supreme Court won't block Pennsylvania mail-in ballot extension

The Supreme Court on Monday night said Pennsylvania election officials will be allowed to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day, rejecting a Republican request to block a Pennsylvania state court ruling granting the extension.

The court was tied 4-4, The Washington Post reports, with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh — the court's most conservative justices – saying they would have issued a stay on the ruling, which required five votes.

Pennsylvania is a battleground state that President Trump narrowly won in 2016 — he beat Hillary Clinton there by just 44,000 votes.