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US Supreme Court rules Wisconsin mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3

03:05  27 october  2020
03:05  27 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Mail - in ballots in Wisconsin must arrive at clerks’ offices by Election day in order to count in the November election, as an appeals court issued a stay Thursday blocking a ruling that would have extended the mail - in voting deadline and ensured more voters in the battleground state would have

Conley ruled that absentee ballots would be counted if they are postmarked by Nov . 29, but those who request them that late "face a significant risk of being disenfranchised because their executed, mailed ballot will not be received by officials on or before the current election day deadline," Conley

MADISON - The Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin's voting laws Monday, rejecting an effort to require the counting of absentee ballots that are sent back to election officials on or just before Election Day.

The court's 5-3 ruling means that absentee ballots will be counted only if they are in the hands of municipal clerks by the time polls close Nov. 3.

Democrats, their allies and nonpartisan groups argued the state law requiring absentee ballots to be returned by Election Day should be loosened because of the coronavirus pandemic and a slowing of mail. They wanted ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day to be counted.

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3 due date for mail ballots in Wisconsin in a ruling that a dissenting judge argued would Oh and If you disable the Ad-blocker - on your deathbed you will receive total consciousness. A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a Nov . 3 due date for mail ballots in Wisconsin in a ruling

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a group of people sitting at a table: Abudakar Saeed, right, of Milwaukee checks in to vote as he and election inspectors are protected by a plexiglass shield at North Division High School on West Center Street in Milwaukee. © Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Abudakar Saeed, right, of Milwaukee checks in to vote as he and election inspectors are protected by a plexiglass shield at North Division High School on West Center Street in Milwaukee.

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Republicans fought the rules, arguing the courts shouldn't change election rules even in the face of a pandemic that is keeping many people in their homes.

U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison agreed last month with those who sued, but a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago reversed Conley's decision in a 2-1 ruling this month.

The high court, which is shorthanded because of the recent death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, upheld the appeals panel's ruling Monday. The court's three liberals — Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — dissented.

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If the appeals court ruling stands, absentee ballots must be delivered to Wisconsin election 9 will be counted, as long as they were postmarked by Nov . 3 . The 7th Circuit Court judges This week, the Supreme Court ruled with Republicans, reinstating South Carolina's witness requirement for mail - in

On the ballot : • U.S. House • Congressional special elections • State Senate • State Assembly • Supreme court • Appellate courts • Local judges • State ballot measures • Local ballot measures • School boards • Municipal. This page covers regular voting policies in Wisconsin .

The decision is the end of the road for the case and means voters will have to adhere to long-standing rules in an election that is expected to have a record level of mail voting.

Conley's ruling also would have given people more time to use an online portal to register to vote and allowed poll workers to serve in any community, not just ones in the counties where they reside. But the Supreme Court, like the appeals panel, rejected those changes to election rules as well.

Democrats had hoped the justices might have seen the case differently because they allowed absentee ballots that were postmarked by Election Day to be counted in Wisconsin's April election for state Supreme Court.

Hundreds of election lawsuits have been filed around the country, mostly because of the pandemic and the expansion of mail voting. Cases are headed to the Supreme Court over how absentee ballots are distributed, delivered and counted as President Donald Trump rails against the practice.

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The Supreme Court , in an unsigned opinion from which the four liberal justices dissented, reasoned that extending the date by which Wisconsin voters could mail "A last-minute change to a voter deadline carries an increased risk that voters will not appreciate when votes actually must be cast

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Both sides were awaiting the decision anxiously because Wisconsin is a battleground in the presidential campaign. Trump won the state narrowly in 2016 but has consistently trailed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in polls this fall.

In this month's ruling, the majority on the appeals panel concluded it was too close to the election to change the voting rules. Changes to election rules near an election should be made only in emergency circumstances, but for this election "it is not possible to describe COVID-19 as a last-minute event," the judges in the majority wrote.

The dissenter in that case, Judge Ilana Rovner, maintained that extending deadlines was reasonable for a once-in-a-century pandemic.

"Good luck and G-d bless, Wisconsin. You are going to need it," she wrote, following a tradition among some Jews of not spelling out a holy name.

The case started when several lawsuits were filed this spring over how the April election would be conducted just as the pandemic emerged. TheSupreme Court approved of changing the rules for absentee ballots for that election so that more of them would be counted.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court ’s decision to halt the mailing of absentee ballots raised concerns that it could cause delays and confusion in the presidential Q: what are other key dates? A: Oct. 29 is the deadline for most voters to request a ballot by mail . Returned ballots must be received by

About 80,000 additional votes were counted for that election because absentee ballots postmarked by election day were counted, rather than just those received by election day.

Richard Wolf of USA TODAY contributed to this report.

Contact Patrick Marley at patrick.marley@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickdmarley.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Supreme Court rules Wisconsin mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3

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