Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects Green bid for ballot access
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY/AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected the Green Party’s bid to get on presidential ballot, clearing the way for absentee ballot mailing.
The ruling comes after the state’s highest court ordered a halt to the mailing of all absentee ballots last week while it considered a legal challenge brought by Green presidential candidate Howie Hawkins and his running mate Angela Walker.
Monday’s ruling means last week’s order to halt the mailing of all absentee ballots is now vacated.
The 4-3 order comes just seven weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election in this narrowly divided state. Democrats had feared that adding Howie Hawkins to the ballot would take votes away from Joe Biden and assist President Donald Trump.
In their decision, the majority explained their decision did not rely on the merits of the case. Instead, they explained that the Hawkins and Walker’s suit came so late that there was not enough to time to consider the case and make sure ballots would be sent on time.
The time crunch was exacerbated, they explained, by the increased number of absentee ballots being requested because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Howie Hawkins and his running mate Angela Walker had sued asking the Justices to order clerks across Wisconsin, some of whom had already started printing their ballots, to go back and add their names.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission deadlocked twice on whether they should be placed on the ballot.
Hawkins said the court should rule to have him put on the ballot.
Rapper Kanye West is also suing to be put on the Wisconsin ballot.
Court documents state each county clerk is required by statute to deliver ballots for the 2020 general election to all municipal clerks in his or her county 48 days before the general election, in this year’s case, by September 16, 2020.
Municipal clerks are then required to deliver absentee ballots to electors who have previously requested them no later than 47 days before the general election, which would by September 17 for this year’s election.
The ruling states there are currently more than 968,000 absentee ballot requests on file for the general election.
Justices Roggensack, Ziegler and Bradley dissented.
Click here to read the full ruling.
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