This is not the end…it is only the beginning! Right Amy?
Multiple news sources reported tonight:
The Supreme Court on Monday night rejected a pandemic-related request from Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots received after Election Day in the battleground state of Wisconsin.
The vote was 5 to 3, with the court’s liberals in dissent.
Conservative justices said federal courts were interfering too much in election procedure choices that should be left to local officials.
“It’s indisputable that Wisconsin has made considerable efforts to accommodate early voting and respond to COVID,” wrote Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. “The district court’s only possible complaint is that the state hasn’t done enough. But how much is enough? … The Constitution provides that state legislatures — not federal judges, not state judges, not state governors, not other state officials — bear primary responsibility for setting election rules.”
Justice Elena Kagan answered for the liberals, and included a reference to an opinion from the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when the court considered similar changes during the Wisconsin primary.
“Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, through no fault of their own, may receive their mail ballots too late to return them by Election Day,” wrote Kagan, joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.
“Without the district court’s order, they must opt between ‘braving the polls,’ with all the risk that entails, and ‘losing their right to vote.’ The voters of Wisconsin deserve a better choice.”
A district judge had originally ruled with the plaintiffs and extended the deadline for six days. He accepted the argument that the coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying surge in mail voting demand changes to accommodate voters and ensure ballots are counted.
In Article I Section 4, the Constitution says: The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations.
Wait, what? – “But the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations.”
Congress, are you there? Can you hear us? You can change this. Hello? Are you there?