WASHINGTON, D.C.— In response to tonight’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that prevents Wisconsin from extending the deadline for mailing in absentee ballots, while state Republicans are forcing in-person elections to go forward tomorrow despite the COVID-19 threat and over the governor’s objections, People For the American Way Executive Vice President for Policy and Program Marge Baker released the following statement:
“With this outrageous ruling the Supreme Court’s far-right majority put not just its thumb, but its entire fist, on the scale in favor of making it harder for people to vote. This ruling will disenfranchise tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters in the midst of a terrible public health crisis, forcing them to choose between casting their ballot or risking their health and the health of others. If there were any lingering doubt that Republican aims of voter suppression were being aided and abetted by the courts and via far-right appointments to the bench, it was removed tonight.”
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.