House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has condemned the Supreme Court over its decision to block Wisconsin from allowing primary voters to send in absentee ballots past Tuesday, the state’s primary voting day, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In a 5-4 vote, conservative justices blocked a lower court order that would have allowed Wisconsin to extend absentee voting until April 13, giving residents more time to vote from home amid the pandemic.
The majority opinion from the Supreme Court was that “extending the date by which ballots may be cast by voters—not just received by the municipal clerks but cast by voters—for an additional six days after the scheduled election day fundamentally alters the nature of the election.”
As a result, the majority opinion said justices felt compelled to prevent the lower district court from pushing back the date.
“The court would prefer not to do so, but when a lower court intervenes and…