“We would not be able to provide significant relief without completely disrupting the election,” the Supreme Court wrote in its 4-3 decision.
Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered local employees to stop sending ballot papers, creating an impasse that threatened to derail mail-order voting procedures in the key battlefield state. Wisconsin state laws require employees to send ballots to voters who have requested them by Thursday.
“The most likely state of affairs is that municipal employees have already sent hundreds, and more likely thousands, of those absent cards. Ordering the printing of new cards would be an expensive and time-consuming process that would not allow counties and municipalities to comply with the legal deadlines for the delivery and sending of the ballots, “the Supreme Court wrote on Monday.
The court split differently than it did last week when it stopped sending ballots, with a conservative judge on Monday joining the three liberals to form a majority.
Ordering local employees to add Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins to the ballot at this late stage “would create a substantial possibility of confusion among voters who had already received, and possibly returned, the original ballots,”
The Democrats will claim the ruling as a win for their candidate, Joe Biden, because Hawkins could have played spoilers in a state that had one of the tightest margins in 2016.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.