A temporary block on counting mail-in ballots in the Pennsylvania GOP primary race was implemented by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Tuesday, overruling a lower court’s ruling that allowed election officials to count undated mail-in ballots, according to a report from Just the News.
This move comes on the heels of a heated, ongoing primary battle between GOP Senate contenders Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick. The original election day for the Pennsylvania state primary was May 17.
Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Pa., won his primary race on election day. However, Trump-endorsed Senate candidate Dr. Oz held such a slim lead over McCormick that an automatic recount was triggered. According to Politico, Oz led McCormick by just 0.7 percent of the vote.
Just the News further reported that the ruling to temporarily halt the counting of certain mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania’s primary race came from Justice Samuel Alito.
In May, President Trump decried the “screwed up” situation of counting votes in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania’s count could be a long time coming,” Trump said in a statement written on Truth Social. “It is all screwed up…” He also called mail-in ballots a “disaster for America.”
Oz’s team announced on May 21 that they were moving to oppose McCormick’s push to request that election boards in Pennsylvania count “legally rejected ballots.” Oz has also stated that he is the “presumptive Republican nominee” in the Senate race, although no official winner has yet been called.
The decision of SCOTUS at the behest of Justice Alito may finally force the Pennsylvania election process to determine the legality of counting mail-in ballots that are undated. The results of the court’s ruling will impact the primary race outcome, depending on whether or not the ballots in question are deemed legitimate and therefore countable.