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Politics Supreme Court Rejects Democrats on Wisconsin Ballot Deadline

02:20  27 october  2020
02:20  27 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The Supreme Court voted 5-4 on Monday to reverse an order extending the absentee ballot deadline for voting in the Wisconsin elections scheduled for Tuesday, stepping into a back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans in the state over when voting would take place.

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(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Democratic calls to reinstate a six-day extension for the receipt of mail ballots in Wisconsin, a state that is experiencing a surge of Covid-19 cases and could be pivotal in the presidential election.

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The 5-3 rebuff means ballots must be received by Election Day to count in the state. Democrats were seeking to revive an extension that had been ordered by a federal trial judge and then blocked by an appeals court. The court’s three liberals dissented.

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A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a decision to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots by six days in battleground Wisconsin , in a win for Democrats almost certainly will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court . A spokesman and an attorney didn't immediately respond to

Democrats scored a significant victory in Wisconsin on Monday night when a liberal challenger upset a Trump-backed incumbent to win a State Supreme Court seat, a down- ballot race that illustrated strong turnout and vote-by-mail efforts in a presidential battleground state.

The rejection follows a 4-4 Supreme Court decision last week to allow three extra days for ballots to arrive in Pennsylvania. In that case, a state court had backed the extension, and Republicans failed to get the needed five votes to block it at the short-handed Supreme Court.

Democrats said the Wisconsin extension was identical to one that was in place when the state held its primary in April in the early days of the pandemic. Although Republicans persuaded the Supreme Court to reinstate a mailing deadline for the April vote, they didn’t ask the justices to block the extra time for ballots to arrive.

In its April decision, the Supreme Court described the ballot-receipt extension as being “designed to ensure that the voters of Wisconsin can cast their ballots and have their votes count.”

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The state supreme court has ordered that nonconforming ballots must be thrown out, and the Inquirer points out that if Democrats tend to be voting by mail, the loss of “naked ballots ” could create a serious problem for Joe Biden in this critical state, with naked ballots becoming the “hanging chads” of 2020.

Polls show Democrat Joe Biden with a small but consistent lead in Wisconsin over Republican President Donald Trump, who narrowly won the state in 2016.


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Overtaxed Officials

In ordering the extension for the Nov. 3 general election, U.S. District Judge William Conley said overburdened election officials were struggling to get ballots to voters with enough time for them to be returned by Election Day. In his Sept. 21 order, Conley pointed to government projections that as many as 2 million Wisconsin voters would cast absentee ballots, along with the deterioration of mail service and the escalating public health crisis.

“Confidence in Wisconsin’s electoral process will be shattered if tens of thousands of valid, timely cast absentee ballots are not counted because they arrived two or three days after the election due to mail delays and other factors beyond the voters’ control,” the Democratic National Committee argued in court papers.

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"This court has repeatedly emphasized that lower federal courts should ordinarily not alter the election rules on the eve of an election," they wrote. "Even in an ordinary election," the majority reasoned, voters requesting absentee ballots at the deadline will usually receive their ballots on the day before

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The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the extension on a 2-1 vote, faulting Conley for acting only six weeks before Election Day and saying elected officials should be the ones to make any adjustments to voting rules.

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature urged the Supreme Court to keep the Election Day deadline in force, saying any problems were the fault of voters who didn’t plan ahead.

“Such difficulties, resulting from voters’ own choices to not request and return their absentee ballots for many weeks, do not come close to overcoming the State’s sovereign authority as to how best to handle voting with Covid-19,” the legislature argued.

The DNC case is Democratic National Committee v. Wisconsin State Legislature, 20A66.

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