The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 on Thursday to reject an application from North Carolina Republicans to reduce an extension for mail-in ballots from 9 days to 3 days. This is the court's second ruling in an as many days on deadlines in the state.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito dissented against the court's majority ruling. Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the case.
With the Supreme Court's ruling, mail-in ballots received by election officials by November 12 will be counted as long as they have been postmarked by November 3, which is Election Day. Facing record numbers of mail-in ballot requests, parties in many states have sought to extend the deadline by which such ballots must be received.