Republicans in Wisconsin drew outrage after they forced the primary to be held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic — and went to the Supreme Court to block absentee ballots from being counted for an extended period. The move promoted speculation that they were trying to depress votes in liberal Milwaukee and Dane Counties by forcing thousands of people to risk COVID-19 exposure to stand in line at polling places — thus helping Republican-appointed state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly win a full term.
While the race hasn't been called yet, early returns look highly strong for Democratic-aligned challenger Jill Karofsky, which would mean Republicans' voter suppression efforts were a spectacular failure.
But as Democratic voting rights attorney Marc Elias pointed out on Monday evening, Republicans' potential loss goes beyond the Supreme Court seat. Their push for the federal courts to block voting created a ticking legal time bomb for Republicans that could pave the way for a huge expansion of voting rights in several key states — and put their chances of re-electing President Donald Trump in serious danger.
The @RNC made a key mistake bringing the WI case to the US Supreme Court. The Court's language about postmarked bal… https://t.co/tSiKpR1jbH— Marc E. Elias (@Marc E. Elias)1586820709.0
Beyond WI, a handful of states — AZ, FL, GA, MI, PA and TX — have Election Day receipt laws that should be changed… https://t.co/vzCXRWmTa1— Marc E. Elias (@Marc E. Elias)1586820709.0
We know that Election Day receipt deadlines have a significant impact on minority voters. Let’s take AZ as an examp… https://t.co/jvtCX83R1O— Marc E. Elias (@Marc E. Elias)1586820709.0
States like PA and MI, need to act now to avoid similar problems. In 2018, both states unfairly rejected thousands… https://t.co/g05ySn7ZI3— Marc E. Elias (@Marc E. Elias)1586820709.0
This is a critical moment that should set reform in motion. States must take a cue from SCOTUS to replace Election… https://t.co/iUir2DMDF1— Marc E. Elias (@Marc E. Elias)1586820709.0