The SCOTUS made much of the fact that different recounters might treat partially/incorrectly marked ballots differently, using that as the basis for disallowing the recounts that were under way at the time they issued their stay – which incidentally effectively ran out the time available for recount udner any standard. Using that principle, couldn’t some well-heeled disgruntled Democrat, like that Douglas fellow from Palm Beach County, file lawsuits to have virtually every election result in the country thrown out as unconstitutional?
Seems to me that unless every ballot is counted in exactly the same way, the equal protection clause of the Constitution comes into play. This would mean that voting under the following situtations w(sh)ould be disallowed:
(1) different ballot types – how can counting an ‘X’ be the same as counting a punched hole or an electronic mark or …
(2) same ballots, different counting machines – all machines eventually get out of alignment, so even ‘identical’ machines may not register in exactly the same way
(3) single counting machine not recalibrated after each ballot is counted – as all machines eventually get out of alignment