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After Obama Judge Extends Swing State Ballot Count – Federal Court Puts A Halt To Wisconsin Extension
By Ben Dutka|September 28, 2020
After Obama Judge Extends Swing State Ballot Count – Federal Court Puts A Halt To Wisconsin Extension

This year’s presidential election is expected to bring in millions of absentee ballots. This has resulted in another clash between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Republicans, as well as President Donald Trump, contend that mail-in voting has its problems. They also believe Democrats are attempting to subvert the election system and bypass certain rules.

For instance, ballots must be counted by a certain time on election day.

But Democrats in some states are pushing for an extension to the ballot counting deadline, so they can better contend with the anticipated high number of absentee ballots.

Such was the case in Wisconsin: a lower court judge (appointed by former President Barack Obama) sided with the Democrats, and decided to extend the deadline until Nov. 9.

But that decision didn’t stand for long.

The case went to a federal appeals court, and U.S. District Judge William Conley’s initial ruling has been put on hold.

From Fox News:

Handing a momentary victory for Republicans and President Trump in a state expected to play a major role in this year’s presidential election, a federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election.

So as of right now, ballots are due by 8 p.m. on election day.

Initially, the Democratic National Committee, the state Democratic Party, and other groups including the League of Women voters sued to extend the ballot counting deadline.

And U.S. District Judge William Conley granted that six-day extension on Sept. 21 (provided the ballots were postmarked by Election Day).

But the federal appeals court has temporarily halted this move. This time, the court sided with Republicans, who claim voters have plenty of time to mail in their ballots.

The Republican National Committee, the state GOP, and Wisconsin’s Republican legislators all argued that current absentee voting rules should remain in place.

And for now, they will.

It’s actually the second defeat for Conley and Democrats in Wisconsin: Conley ruled in April that absentee ballots could be submitted up to 6 days after election day.

But the U.S. Supreme Court amended that ruling, saying only ballots postmarked on or before election day could be counted.

Now, they’ve put a temporary halt to the 6-day extension and if it holds up, the previous postmark ruling won’t matter — there would be no extension.

In 2016, Trump just eked out a victory in Wisconsin. He won by less than 1 percent (fewer than 23,000 votes).

And it’s shaping up to be another very close race in 2020. But how might those millions of expected absentee ballots impact the outcome…?

Key Takeaways:

  • An Obama-appointed judge in Wisconsin granted Democrats a 6-day extension for counting absentee ballots in the presidential election.
  • But a federal appeals court just temporarily halted that decision. Right now, all ballots must be in by 8 p.m. on election day.
  • It’s expected to be very close between Trump and Biden in Wisconsin. So how the ballots are handled is of the utmost importance.

Source: Fox News

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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