I didn't have to wait long. The state Supreme Court's ruling came shortly after my previous post. Would that the court had been as decisive as it was timely. Instead of issuing a clear "yes" or "no" to local election administrators on the question of counting improperly rejected absentee ballots, it came up with, in essence: "Ask the campaigns what they think, and don't open a ballot unless both campaigns agree that it should have been counted on Nov. 4."