Ballot Still Not Finalized; Delays Mail-In Ballots

Elias Hubbard
September 15, 2020

"Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker, Green Party candidates for President and Vice President, followed all the requirements of Wisconsin law necessary for ballot access, yet the Commission denied them and the people of Wisconsin the right to have Hawkins' and Walker's names on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 general election", she wrote.

The state already experienced election disarray during its primary in April, when the court's conservative majority rejected Governor Tony Evers' last-minute effort to delay the vote and ordered the vote to proceed despite objections from public health officials.

The court ruled that the Green Party's presidential slate could not be added to the ballot because the party's candidates waited too long to challenge the elections commission's decision to exclude them due to discrepancies in their paperwork.

Clerks had already mailed an untold number of ballots before the Supreme Court on September 10 stopped the sending of ballots while it considered the Green Party lawsuit.

Voters in Wisconsin have until October 29 to request an absentee ballot by mail, but election officials have urged voters to act sooner given expected delays in the mail. He had filed a lawsuit against the WEC over the previous decision to bar him from the ballot because his nomination papers were submitted 14 seconds after the 5 p.m. deadline on August 4, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

President Donald Trump, a Republican, has repeatedly claimed that the use of mail ballots will lead to fraud, though experts say there is no evidence to back his assertion.

Had the court sided in favor of Hawkins, it would have meant printing and mailing almost 1 million new ballots that included the Green Party ahead of the state's September 17 deadline.

Additionally, the court noted, it's likely that thousands of ballots without Hawkins's name have already been mailed by the state's almost 2,000 municipal clerks.

There are more than 170 lawsuits nationally over election procedures, often filed by the two major parties or their allies, that have injected a new level of uncertainty into a contest already disrupted by the pandemic.

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