Joe Biden’s presidential campaign just scored a significant victory in the battleground state of North Carolina after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from the Trump administration to reverse an extension to the number of days given to voters for their mail-in ballots to count.
According to the Daily Caller, while the ballots have to be postmarked by November 3, elections officials will now be able to count mail-in votes that come in up to nine days after the election.
That’s a win for Biden as it’s mostly Democrat voters who are utilizing mail-in voting for this election in unprecedented numbers after being fear-mongered into it by Democratic politicians since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch all dissented, staying consistent with similar SCOTUS rulings in other states that have fought to extend the deadline to count mail-in votes, using COVID-19 safety concerns as the primary reason to essentially re-write election law at the last minute.
In his dissent, conservative Justice Gorsuch expressed concern that such rules, like long extensions, could sow confusion among voters, especially in elections that could be decided on a razor thin margin.
“Efforts like these not only offend the Elections Clause’s textual commitment of responsibility for election lawmaking to state and federal legislators, they do damage to faith in the written Constitution as law, to the power of the people to oversee their own government, and to the authority of legislatures,” Gorsuch wrote.
“Such last-minute changes by largely unaccountable bodies, too, invite confusion, risk altering election outcomes, and in the process threaten voter confidence in the results.”
It was expressly noted in the dissent that newly-minted SCOTUS Justice Amy Coney Barrett was not included in the case, citing reasons that there wasn’t ample time for her to properly review the case and because for obvious reasons, a ruling was needed sooner than later.
While it’s impossible to predict, had Barrett been included in the vote, this might be a totally different outcome.
The SCOTUS ruling was celebrated by various Democrats in the Tar Heel State, but they might not want to pop the champagne corks just yet. As the Daily Caller reported, North Carolina Republicans are expected to quickly file another official request to reverse a state court’s ruling in favor of the extension.
News of the shockingly long extension comes on the heels of victories for both Democrats and Republican in other swing states. An extension was recently upheld by the High Court in Pennsylvania, marking a win for the left.
But just a day later, a similar case involving an extension request in the swing state of Wisconsin was shot down by the Supreme Court, marking a win for Republicans in a state that arguably has the power to shift the election one way or another.