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Supreme Court gives Wisconsin ballot-counting cutoff

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/27/20, 04:32 pm

Democrats in the Midwestern swing state wanted officials to accept mail-in ballots for six days after the Nov. 3 election. The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-3 that Wisconsin must keep its original rule requiring mail-in ballots to arrive by 8 p.m. on Election Day. A lower court judge had ordered the state to extend its deadline, but a federal appeals court overruled that decision. Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer dissented.

How many votes are in already? Wisconsin has received almost 1.5 million absentee ballots, nearly half of the total votes it collected in 2016. President Donald Trump carried the state by a mere 23,000 votes four years ago as part of his upset victory in the previously Democratic Rust Belt.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew on the problems with early voting in many states.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Wed, 10/28/2020 08:29 am

    This seems wise to me and consistent with precedent. I'd be curious what the reasoning was behind the dissents. That could change my mind. I would like to be open minded.

  • EG
    Posted: Wed, 10/28/2020 08:44 am

    It was really a difference of opinion that boils down to Republicans say ballots should in by election day (as per the law in Wisconsin), and Democrats saying because of the pandemic and increased absentee voting that there should be an extension.