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.
Republican Lawmaker Accidentally Admits Why He Doesn't Want Voters to Be Able to Vote Absentee During Pandemic
Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, recently announced a stay-at-home order for his constituents in the face of the global pandemic.
One of Kemp's measures included limiting gatherings in Georgia to 10 people, but the governor's rightful caution has thrust the status of Georgia's May 19 primary into uncertainty.
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.
Federal Judge Slams North Carolina Republican Legislature in Ruling Striking Down State's Voter ID Law
As the 2020 election approaches, state laws aimed at voter suppression, gerrymandering and purging voters from the official rolls are gaining attention.
For those working to protect voter rights, a victory occurred in North Carolina Tuesday.
Federal Judge Just Sided With Democrats in Florida Recount Lawsuit, Will Allow Thousands More Ballots to Be Counted
Over a week after the 2018 midterm elections, 11 major elections remain undecided. Seven in the US House, two in the US Senate and 2 Governor's races. Two of those 11 are in the state of Florida, where a Senate seat and Governor's race await recounts.
But not everyone supports counting all the votes cast. The GOP in several states—including Maine and Georgia in addition to Florida—took steps to halt recounts and run-offs. Federal lawsuits were filed by the GOP to stop counts while Democrats filed to count all of the ballots.
Democrats Just Revealed What the First Bill They Will Introduce When They Take Over Control of the House Next Year Is, and People Are Cheering
After flipping the House of Representatives from red to blue in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats vowed to tackle voter suppression as their first act. The midterm elections were fraught with charges of voter suppression in several states including North Dakota, Florida, Georgia and Ohio.
Some went to court and prevailed on the side of voting rights while others upheld attempts to suppress largely minority voting rights.
Donald Trump Is Getting Dragged for Using His Twitter Account to Issue a Warning Against Illegal Voting
On Monday, the day before the 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to float a favorite conspiracy theory. Back in the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump claimed voter fraud accounted for all of his losses in the primaries and in losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by about 3 million votes.
The President appointed a commission after he took office to look into voter fraud. But Trump's group disbanded after months of finding no evidence to support the President's claims.