The Supreme Court is not political. Really?

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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?

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

6 thoughts on “The Supreme Court is not political. Really?

  1. It’s all so disgusting and heartbreaking. Even when Biden gets elected, we’ve lost the Supreme Court. Whose country is this?

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  2. So Ted,when it says Congress does it mean that both houses must vote on this or can just the House of Reps way in because if it requires both houses it is a moot point. You know the senate is not going to vote differently. T

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  3. It is so disheartening!! The Republican party has chosen power over our country time and time again. The people of America let it happen by not voting and not taking to the streets. Amy Coney Barrett is the first Justice of the Supreme Court to appear today in a political ad for President Trump. Have you no shame!!!! What about the Republican Senators of the House Judiciary Committee who sent Hillary Clinton a Birthday message yesterday thanking her for Barrett’s appointment? I guess she is still a symbol of emasculation.

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