The Supreme Court rejected the request of Pennsylvania Republicans to expedite an appeal to reconsider the extension of the deadline for receiving mail ballots in the state. But Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas issued a “statement” reserving their right to throw out ballots that were legally cast according to the current rules:
Describing throwing out ballots cast legally under the rules in place at this time in the most likely tipping point state as a "modest remedy" is absolutely definitive Sam Alito— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 28, 2020
Shorter Sam Alito: "only federal courts and not state courts are allowed to interpret the election laws of the sovereign states, to ensure that state courts do not allow enough disenfranchisement of Democratic voters"— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 28, 2020
If you are in Pennsylvania, DO NOT MAIL YOUR BALLOT. Use a drop-box or vote in person if you can do so safely. 3 Republican justices have reserved the right to throw out ballots that arrive after Nov 3 despite their legality. https://t.co/DJFIXJicR1— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 28, 2020
Another way you can tell Alito's Art. I Sec. 4 "legislatures unilaterally establish election law" argument is pure bad faith is that EARLIER THIS MONTH he voted to uphold an executive order banning curbside voting in Alabama with no basis in the Alabama code.— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 28, 2020
The Supreme Court as currently configured is an existential threat to American democracy. All just a little bit of history repeating.
As long as Kavanaugh is the median vote of the Court, phrases such as "written for morons" and "without the invocation of any identifiable prohibition of the Constitution" and "supports it only by platitudinous irrelevancies" will be very useful. You might want to make a macro— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) October 28, 2020