The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against Wisconsin Democrats’ request to allow an extension for mail-in ballots received after the polls close on Election Day. (Fox News)
In a 5-3 ruling, the justices refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six days after the Nov. 3 election. A federal appeals court had already put that order on hold.
Democrats argued that the flood of absentee ballots and other challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic makes it necessary to extend the period in which ballots can be counted. Wisconsin is one of the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19, with hospitals treating a record high number of patients with the disease.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said that more than 201,000 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday.
Today Wisconsin officially tops 200,000 cases of #covid19 It took us 7 and a half months to reach our first 100,000 cases, & only 36 days to reach our second. In just two short months, the 7-day average of new confirmed cases has risen 405%! Remember, #YouStoptheSpread Wisconsin, pic.twitter.com/Fjjq4ZSqMq
— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) October 26, 2020
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had approved a six-day extension of a deadline for absentee ballots to be received in Wisconsin. Absentee ballots postmarked on or before Election Day would have been counted as long as they came in before Nov. 9.
Republicans consistently opposed extending the November 3 deadline, saying voters will have ample opportunities to cast their ballots by the time polls close on Election Day.