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Supreme Court Rejects Democrats on Wisconsin Ballot Deadline

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Senate Votes On Confirmation Of Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett
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A divided U.S. Supreme Court rejected Democratic calls to reinstate a six-day extension for the receipt of mail ballots in Wisconsin, a state that is experiencing a surge of Covid-19 cases and could be pivotal in the presidential election.

The 5-3 rebuff means ballots must be received by Election Day to count in the state. Democrats were seeking to revive an extension that had been ordered by a federal trial judge and then blocked by an appeals court. The order came just before the Senate voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to fill the high court’s vacancy.