The lawsuit filed in Wisconsin alleged that election officials violated the Constitution when officials expanded absentee voting amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Wisconsin officials changed the rules to allow the use of “unauthorized, illegal absentee voting drop boxes” according to Trump’s attorneys, and other nefarious practices that could have impacted the results of the election.
This latest decision is yet another refusal by the Supreme Court to set the record straight on the 2020 election.
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Many Americans were left disillusioned following the 2020 election, and the Supreme Court had an opportunity to explore and resolve any concerns that voters have.
The Supreme Court’s continual refusal to bolster American’s confidence in our elections is a concerning sign. Many Americans no longer trust politicians or the mainstream media — the only institution with a measure of credibility is the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did address these concerns in a dissent to a related case in Pennsylvania in February. Thomas wants the Court to resolve the real disputes that emerged, and he wants it done before the next election cycle.
“That decision to rewrite the rules seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election. But that may not be the case in the future. These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority non-legislative officials have to set election rules and to do so well before the next election cycle,” Thomas wrote.
The justice rightly identified issues and recognizes the potential damage they could do in the next cycle. The Supreme Court’s decision to kick the can down the road is a borderline dereliction of duty.
The Supreme Court must tackle the problems that emerged in the 2020 election before the 2022 midterms come around, and more controversy erodes the trust Americans have in the elections.
While it is unlikely that we will be going through the aftermath of a pandemic in the 2022 election, a precedent must be set. Election officials in many key states made unilateral decisions on dubious legal grounds, and those issues must be resolved.
If Americans are forced to endure another election like the 2020 election, it could do irreparable damage to our society.
Furthermore, Republicans have a vested interest in ensuring that election officials aren’t free to make last-minute rule changes in key battleground states. Republicans would do well to pressure the Supreme Court to finally resolve the issues that arose in the 2020 election.