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Democrats file request to block GOP Supreme Court appeal on extended voting


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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The state Democratic Party filed its own request Sunday, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that extends absentee voting in Wisconsin.

The Democrats filed their counter-action Sunday afternoon, asking the justices to deny the Republican request, arguing it could make the coronavirus pandemic worse in Wisconsin.

The state GOP argued in a filing to the Supreme Court Saturday the extension is unfair by creating two different deadlines for in-person and absentee voters.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt shared the following statement Saturday:

“During the past couple of weeks, Democrats have repeatedly asked courts to change our election laws and created chaos in our democratic process. While the courts have repeatedly rejected nearly all of their demands, the district court in Wisconsin has allowed absentee ballots to be collected even past the April 7th election, which is a relief that the plaintiffs never even requested. We are grateful for the success we achieved at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in partially staying Judge Conley’s order, but we have asked the United States Supreme Court to grant an emergency stay to prevent voting after election day, which dramatically changes our election laws on the eve of an election.”


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary.

They argued in a filing Saturday that the extension by a federal judge this week is inherently unfair by creating two different deadlines for in-person and absentee voters.

Wisconsin is moving ahead with in-person voting despite concerns about the public health risks of the coronavirus crisis.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called a special session for Saturday and asked Republicans to shift the election to all-mail with absentee voting into late May.

Republicans said they wouldn't do it, and immediately adjourned upon meeting.