US Supreme Court rejects extension to counting Wisconsin absentee ballots

Mailed Ballots Can’t Be Discarded Over Signature, State Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day.

The justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six days after the Nov. 3 election.

A federal appeals court had already put that order on hold.

Democrats argued that the flood of absentee ballots and other challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic makes it necessary to extend the period in which ballots can be counted. Wisconsin is one of the nation’s hot spots for COVID-19.