“We would not be able to provide meaningful relief without completely disrupting the election,” the Supreme Court wrote in its 4-3 decision.
Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered local clerks to stop sending ballots – creating a dead end that threatened to track post-in-vote procedures in the main battlefield state. Wisconsin state laws require clerks to send ballot papers to voters who have asked for them by Thursday.
“The most likely situation with current conditions is that municipal officials have already sent hundreds and more likely thousands of the absent ballot papers. Ordering new ballot papers to be printed would be an expensive and time-consuming process that did not allow counties and municipalities to to comply with the statutory deadlines for submitting and sending votes, ”the Supreme Court wrote on Monday.
The court split differently than it had last week, when it stopped broadcasting votes in which a Conservative justice on Monday joined the three Liberals to form a majority.
Ordering local officials to add Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins to the vote at this late stage would “create a significant opportunity for confusion among voters who had already received and possibly returned the original ballots,”
Democrats will demand the decision as a victory for their nominee, Joe Biden, because Hawkins could have played spoiler in a state that had one of the closest margins in 2016.
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