SCOTUS Thwarts Election Rule Changes

SCOTUS Thwarts Election Rule Changes

( – The Supreme Court struck down an attempt to change election law by 5-3 on Monday, following an apparent change of mind by Chief Justice John Roberts. Last week, Roberts sided with the court’s three Liberal justices, deadlocking a decision on a similar move in Pennsylvania. This time it looks like the rule change was just a bit too egregious for him to stomach.

The case started when a federal district judge changed Wisconsin election law to allow the counting of ballots received up to six days after election day. Roberts argued that while in the Pennsylvania case it was the state supreme court that changed the rules, the fact a federal judge did it in Wisconsin was a federal usurpation of a power – the running of elections – that belongs to the states.

Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh wrote, “Nothing in our founding document contemplates the kind of judicial intervention that took place here.”

Following the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, it’s unlikely any more attempts to change election law will succeed.

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