Mailed Ballots Must Be in Officials’ Hands by 8 PM on Election Day

Court upholds clear language of the law.

The United States Supreme Court on Monday upheld Wisconsin’s voting laws requiring absentee ballots be in election officials’ hands by the time polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The Supreme Court’s decision was decided 5 to 3.

Democrats challenged the law, saying the Election Day deadline should be extended because of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. They unsuccessfully argued that ballots should be counted as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day.

Republicans made the argument that election rules shouldn’t change in the face of the pandemic.

The contentious decision comes after a federal court of appeals upheld a six-day extension for ballot counting.

Chief Justice John Roberts was the deciding factor in this vote, although he joined with the liberal justices to extend ballot counting in Pennsylvania. According to the chief justice, the two states are vastly different.