Trump Just Tried to Explain Why Voting by Mail Is 'Corrupt' Except When He Does It, and the Hypocrisy Is Real
In the face of the global pandemic that's brought life in the United States to a standstill, states across the country have postponed their primaries to allow for voters to safely cast their ballots without contracting the virus.
One important way states are looking to ensure voters get to exercise their right to vote while also keeping safe is by expanding vote by mail absentee ballots, which voters send by mail, allowing them to comply with isolation measures and prevent the spread of the virus.
Republicans aren't down with absentee voting.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rips Conservative Majority for Giving GOP a Win in Wisconsin by Disenfranchising Thousands of Voters
Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.
Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.
There's just one problem: Wisconsin's elections are scheduled for April 7. In addition to the Presidential primaries, Wisconsinites will vote for judicial positions, school board seats, and thousands of other offices.
The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.
With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.
The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:
"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."
She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:
"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."
A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.
The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.
Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.
In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.
For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.
Election to Replace Georgia State Supreme Court Justice Canceled to Allow Republican Governor to Appoint Replacement
The United States Supreme Court isn't the only judicial body that Republican lawmakers are willing to tamper with, if some recent developments in Georgia are to be any indication.
Georgia's state constitution dictates that judges must be elected by the people. For decades, the Georgia Supreme Court has sidestepped this rule with a tradition that Justices step down from their posts before the end of their term—allowing the governor to pick a replacement who—after serving a couple of years—will be up for election with an incumbent advantage.
No sitting incumbent has ever been defeated in Georgia's state Supreme Court elections.
Rudy Giuliani Calls on Supreme Court to 'Rule This Impeachment Unconstitutional' in Bonkers OpEd, and the Mockery Was Swift
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani often employs bizarre defenses in his attempts to vindicate his client.
Most of the time, he spouts these defenses (or lack thereof) live on news shows, but on Thursday, it was Giuliani's op-ed in the far-Right Daily Caller that began raising eyebrows.
More Than 200 Republican Members of the Senate and House Urge Supreme Court to 'Reconsider' Roe V. Wade
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the case of Medical Services LLC v. Gee—a grossly restrictive anti-abortion law in Louisiana—Republican lawmakers are urging the Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling which gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy.
Thirty-nine senators and 168 House members submitted an amicus brief urging the Court to side with an earlier ruling from the 5th Circuit, which found that the Louisiana law didn't put an undue burden on people seeking abortions by requiring doctors to have hospital admission rights at a hospital thirty or fewer miles away.
Trump Lawyer Claims in Federal Court That the President Can, in Fact, Shoot Someone on Fifth Avenue and Not Be Charged
While much of the nation was preoccupied with a cabal of House Republicans throwing a tantrum that threatened national security, President Donald Trump's lawyers argued in front of a Federal Appeals Court that Manhattan prosecutors had no right to subpoena Trump's personal and corporate tax returns.
The lawyers' argument strikes to the heart of the current Justice Department policy—enforced by Attorney General William Barr—that a sitting president can't be indicted and, therefore, is also immune to criminal investigation.
Top House Democrat Says Impeachment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh 'Is on the Table' After New Allegation Surfaces
Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to replace the late Justice Anthony Kennedy was thrown into uncertainty last year when Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford came forward with sexual assault allegations against him.
Democrats were ultimately unsuccessful in blocking Kavanaugh's confirmation and he now sits on the Supreme Court.