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Photo: Alan Diaz/AP

Some remember this guy from the "hanging chad" drama of 2000 — Judge Robert Rosenberg of the Broward County (Fla.) canvassing board.

The state of play: We may soon see more scenes like that. Axios on Friday reported about the "naked ballot" worry in Pennsylvania. Ballots have to be returned in an envelope inside an envelope.

Now "awful ovals" — poorly filled-in circles — could lead to contested ballots, AP's Christina Cassidy writes:

  • What if you circle a name, or use an X or a checkmark, rather than filling in the oval? Or cross out one oval and then fill in another?
  • What will the humans do? What will the optical scanners do?

The bottom line: Voters marking ballots at home could lead to an increase in mistakes that are typically caught at the polling place.

Go deeper

In photos: Ballot counting continues

America remains on standby Saturday as states including Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina continue to tally their votes in the 2020 presidential election.

The state of play: While Joe Biden took the lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Friday, election officials are waiting to declare an official win for the former VP against incumbent President Trump. As of Saturday, Biden is six electoral college votes shy of winning the presidency.

Updated Nov 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Pennsylvania Republicans ask Supreme Court to reiterate ballot rules

Election officials count votes at the Allegheny County elections warehouse in Pittsburgh Friday. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Pennsylvania Republicans asked the Supreme Court on Friday to reiterate the rules for counting mail-in votes in the state, while acknowledging that they have no evidence to suggest those rules aren't being followed. The court granted the request late Friday.

The big picture: The Trump campaign has been clear that it wants to get the election before the Supreme Court somehow or another, but this new effort, as the results in Pennsylvania become clearer, is still highly unlikely to make much of a difference.

Trump's stalling legal strategy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Trump campaign legal team is throwing everything at the wall in battleground states — a last-ditch effort to use the courts to freeze time in states where President Trump was ahead (but keep counting in key places where he appeared behind).

Why it matters: None of the legal actions was poised to change the outcome, but the effort could delegitimize the 2020 election in the eyes of millions of Trump supporters even if the final math based on legitimate counts show Joe Biden the winner.

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