(UnitedVoice.com) – As COVID-19 sweeps the nation, Wisconsin voters were trying to figure out how they were going to cast ballots in the state’s primary. A federal court judge recently ordered the Badger State to extend absentee voting. The US Supreme Court put a stop to the plan, though.
On April 6, the Court overturned US District Judge William Conley’s demand that state officials allow voters to mail their ballots for 6 extra days. The vote was 5:4 with the liberal justices dissenting. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said forcing people to the polls in the state could lead to their deaths. In light of the ruling, Wisconsin voters must have their ballots postmarked by April 7.
WISCONSIN VOTERS: New rule. The Supreme Court decided that your absentee ballot must be postmarked or dropped off TODAY, April 7. Find your city on this page to see if there's safe curbside voting & find local ballot drop-off points—and RT this message. https://t.co/XBROvUVHfA
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) April 7, 2020
The Supreme Court’s ruling stated the extension “fundamentally alters the nature of the election.” It wasn’t voter suppression, they’re just trying to make sure the election didn’t change with such little notice. Also, the majority said their ruling has no bearing on the broader discussion of election reforms amid the COVID-19 outbreak. It was one ruling in one state.
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