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Manipulating the electoral process has arguably become a trademark of the Democratic Party, but the effort just experienced a key setback in Wisconsin.
On Monday, the Supreme Court sided with the Republican Party in refusing to extend the state’s deadline for receiving absentee ballots after Election Day.
In a 5-3 vote, the nation’s highest court refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six days after Nov. 3, the Associated Press reported.
In effect, Democrats are looking to extend the election by nearly a week.
The party was looking to exploit the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the flood of absentee ballots necessitated an extended period in which they can be counted.
President Trump took to Twitter shortly after the ruling to comment on the need to have a final tally on Election Day — the tweet drew a cautionary warning from Jack Dorsey’s Orwellian censors because the president cited “big problems” with mail-in ballots.
“Big problems and discrepancies with Mail In Ballots all over the USA. Must have final total on November 3rd,” Trump tweeted.
Monday’s ruling was a big win for the GOP. Trump carried the state of Wisconsin over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election 47.2 to 46.5, a narrow win of just over 22,000 votes.
Former President Barack Obama won Wisconsin in 2012 by 6.9 percentage points.
Bloomberg News reporter Greg Stohr said in a tweet that Chief Justice John Roberts voted against the Wisconsin extension after allowing Pennsylvania to have a three day extension.
Key passage here from Roberts, who voted to block the Wisconsin extension but allow a three-day extension in Pennsylvania: pic.twitter.com/SSIbHHfdZa
— Greg Stohr (@GregStohr) October 26, 2020
In a 4-4 split last week, the Supreme Court did not grant a GOP emergency request to block the deadline extension in Pennsylvania, with Roberts siding with the liberals on the court.
On Friday, Republicans in the state asked the court again to overturn the mail ballot deadline extension, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, appointed by President Trump, joined in a concurring opinion to say the district judge had usurped the role of elected officials in Wisconsin, Stohr tweeted.
Gorsuch, joined by Kavanaugh, says in concurring opinion that district judge usurped role of elected officials. pic.twitter.com/EsxiBBe7Ij
— Greg Stohr (@GregStohr) October 27, 2020
Meanwhile, Obama appointee Justice Elene Kagan offered harsh criticism of the decision.
Kagan wrote in dissent that Wisconsin voters “deserve a better choice.”
“As the COVID pandemic rages, the Court has failed to adequately protect the Nation’s voters,” she said.
“Without the district court’s order, they must opt between ‘brav[ing] the polls,’ with all the risk that entails, and ‘los[ing] their right to vote,'” Kagan added.
Justice Kagan harshly critiques the supreme court’s handling of voting cases during the pandemic: “As the COVID pandemic rages, the Court has failed to adequately
protect the Nation’s voters,” she writes in dissent. https://t.co/6fSQ00ERWe
— Sam Levine (@srl) October 26, 2020
It would seem that “braving” the streets to protest against law and order is acceptable, as is braving the local grocery or Home Depot, but not when casting a vote. Go figure.
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