Supreme Court Delivers Gigantic 4–3 Ruling Right Before Midterms

After the concerns about voting rules in the 2020 election, some states are looking at the loosening of voting procedures that were allowed in that election due to Covid-19 concerns and seeking to tighten up the procedures in order to ensure a fair electoral process.

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Of course, this is important in every state in the union, but it is especially pertinent in the swing, or battleground states, which are the states that do not have a historically overwhelming majority in voting for one of the two parties.

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And one would assume that emergency measures put in place in any state during the supposed pandemic of 2020 would of course be mute now going into the midterm elections in November.

For instance, Business Insider reports that Former President Trump has targeted five critical swing states as he maps out a possible 2024 bid.

States that were ‘won’ by Biden in 2020 and are where Trump feels he needs to focus campaigning for 2024 are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

They are also states where scrutiny is prudent as to the rules and procedures for casting ballots in any election, since the tide turning erroneously in either direction could mean the election for a candidate.

These states were key in giving Biden a key edge in electoral college votes in the 2020 election, Business Insider continues.

Former President Trump has recently said that he would “probably” make his decision about running known after the 2020 midterms, while President Biden’s team recently intimated that the current president would run in 2024, according to Business Insider.

At the moment, Business Insider states that a recent poll that was taken with 600 likely voters has a margin error of +4%.

The poll showed Trump leading in Arizona by a 51%-43% margin, Trump ahead in Georgia by a 48%-45% margin, Trump leading Michigan by a 53%-41% margin, Trump ahead in Pennsylvania by a 51%-45% margin, and with Trump holding a lead of 52%-42% in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is likely a key battleground in the 2024 presidential election, Reuters reports.

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In 2016, Trump won the state by fewer than 25,000 votes out of 2.8 million cast, and in 2020, President Joe Biden, a Democrat, carried Wisconsin by fewer than 21,000 votes out of 3.2 million cast.

Republicans across the country have sought to limit the use of absentee ballots after the 2020 election, but election officials say the boxes are secure, Reuters continues.

In Wisconsin, the election commission had approved the use of drop boxes in response to the pandemic, when many voters were anxious to limit in-person interactions.

The November 2020 election included 528 boxes statewide, according to election officials.

There was suspicion of tampering with ballots and illegal voting which has been denied by election officials.

Now in Wisconsin, despite saying that nothing was wrong with the election processes, Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the use of ballot drop boxes, which increased substantially across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, is illegal under state law.

Reuters writes that the Wisconsin high court affirmed a ruling from a lower court judge after a conservative group, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, sued the state’s elections commission on behalf of two voters.

In a 4-3 ruling, the court’s conservative majority also said voters cannot have other people return their completed ballots in person to a clerk’s office, though it declined to rule on whether anyone other than a voter can send in ballots by mail.

The decision ensures that drop boxes will not be in place for the state’s August primary election as well as November’s general election, when Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson will both seek re-election in crucial midterm races.

But Justice Rebecca Bradley, writing for the majority, said that under state law ballots must be returned to a clerk’s office or another designated site, not an “inanimate object” such as an unstaffed box.

“Only the legislature may permit absentee voting via ballot drop boxes,” she wrote.

In dissent, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley – joined by the court’s two other liberals – said the decision erected a new barrier to voting with little justification.

“Although it pays lip service to the import of the right to vote, the majority/lead opinion has the practical effect of making it more difficult to exercise it,” she wrote.

The dissent also argued that the decision to bar other people from returning ballots to clerks’ offices would primarily hurt homebound residents, including disabled and sick people.

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In a statement, Evers said, “Today’s decision is another in a long line of Wisconsin Republicans’ successes to make it harder for Wisconsinites to exercise their right to vote, to undermine our free, fair, and secure elections, and to threaten our democracy.”

Robin Vos, the Republican leader in the state assembly, praised the decision on Twitter.

“Our next step has to be electing a new governor who will sign additional election reforms,” he wrote.

And more states defining their voting processes to keep fraud at bay.