Courts Inject Politics Into Final Days Of Campaign
- Courts handed down a number of decisions this week related to voting rights. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a restriction on absentee ballot counting in Wisconsin.
- TPM’s Tierney Sneed detailed how two Trump-appointed justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, used the ruling to lay out their hardcore approach to voting rights cases.
- Kavanaugh wrote a concurrence in the Wisconsin case, which contained a number of errors and misrepresentations. Hey, everyone could use an editor, it turns out. Vermont’s secretary of state requested Kavanaugh correct the order, which Kavanaugh did — kind of.
- On Wednesday, the Supreme Court declined to weigh in before Election Day on a Republican request to impose a Nov. 3 deadline for mail-in ballots in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania. However, three of the high court’s justices signaled they were eager to rule in favor of the GOP effort, potentially imperiling thousands of ballots if they are received after Election Day.
- Also on Wednesday, the Supreme Court declined a Republican effort in North Carolina to reinstate a tight deadline for mail-in ballots.
- On Thursday, a federal appeals court issued a ruling that signaled a seven-day grace period for mail-in ballots to arrive after Election Day in Minnesota was kaput. The order has injected chaos and confusion in the final days of the campaign in the midwestern state, which Trump lost narrowly to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Notes From The Campaign Trail
- The TPM staff has been busy live-blogging the final stretch of the campaign. One theme we have been following closely is the number of early votes cast. In Texas, for instance, early vote numbers have already eclipsed the state’s total turnout in 2016.
- In Minnesota, a record 1.5 million absentee ballots have been accepted as of Friday.
- Trump and Biden have been criss-crossing the country for their final campaign blitz. Trump on Friday made fun of Fox host Laura Ingraham for wearing a mask at one of his rallies. Classy.
- In Georgia, Sen. David Perdue, who is facing off against Democratic challenger John Ossoff, pulled out of their final scheduled debate. Ossoff had absolutely roasted Perdue during their debate on Wednesday, calling Perdue a “crook” to his face.
- More than one Trump rally this week resulted in people needing hospital treatment. On Tuesday night, many supporters were stranded in the cold after a rally in Omaha, Nebraska. Seven people were taken to the hospital, according to local reports. On Thursday, the heat at a Trump rally in Tampa caused several people to pass out. A dozen people were sent to the hospital, according to NBC News.
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