The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just made a crazy ruling that could throw the country into chaos depending on what happens on Election Day.
Normally the State of North Carolina counts absentee ballots that arrive up to three days after the election.
However, last month the State Board of Elections extended the timeframe allowing ballots to be counted up until November 12.
In a ruling released Tuesday night, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 12-3 to deny an emergency stay that GOP legislative leaders sought to reimpose the ordinary, three-days-after-Election-Day rule.
The Richmond-based appeals court issued no majority opinion explaining its decision, but backers and opponents of the ruling filed 45 pages of opinions jousting and wrangling over the legal issues, often in a vitriolic tone not commonly seen in such courts.
The 12-3 vote wasn’t divided among party lines, three of the judges that sided with Democrat-appointed judges were appointed by President Trump.
The dissenting judges urged those fighting the extension to immediately go to the Supreme Court.
“This case presents a clean opportunity for the Supreme Court to right the abrogation of a clear constitutional mandate and to impart to the federal elections process a strong commitment to the rule of law,” Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson and Steven Agee wrote in an opinion joined by Judge Paul Niemeyer.
“Allowing the Board’s changes to go into effect now, two weeks before the election and after half a million people have voted in North Carolina, would cause yet further intolerable chaos.
“We urge plaintiffs to take this case up to the Supreme Court immediately. Not tomorrow. Not the next day. Now,” the dissenting judges added.
If the election is close in North Carolina this ruling could throw the country into chaos.
The ruling could mean Americans would have to wait until at least November 12th to find out who won.