Supreme Court rules against extending mail-in ballot counting in Wisconsin

Supreme Court rules against extending mail-in ballot counting in Wisconsin

[Ed. – The court has excellent reasoning.  A problem we’ve known about for nearly eight months (COVID-19) doesn’t constitute a sudden or unexpected emergency.]

Wisconsin cannot count mail ballots that arrive well after the polls close, under an order issued Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court, a defeat for Democrats in a battleground state.

By a vote of 5-3, the justices declined to lift a lower court ruling preventing the state from counting mail ballots that arrive as much as six days after election day. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan said they would have granted the request.

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“A last-minute event may require a last-minute reaction. But it is not possible to describe COVID-19 as a last-minute event,” the court said.

Courts are typically reluctant to change the rules as election day gets closer …

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