Trump Campaign Appeals to Supreme Court To Block 4th Circuit Ruling that Allows N Carolina to Extend Ballot Deadline to 9 Days
On October 25, President Donald Trump’s campaign, together with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and others, have again petitioned the US Supreme Court to block North Carolina’s plan to extend a deadline to 9 days from 3 for receiving and counting absentee and mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day. This will allow extensive voter fraud as they can magically “find” enough fraudulent ballots to put Joe Biden on top.
The campaign initially filed an application for an emergency injunction to the Supreme Court on October 22nd after a federal appeals court docket choice final week left the state’s deadline extension in place.
“Predicting ‘further intolerable chaos’ absent an injunction against the North Carolina State Board of Election’s unlawful rewrite of North Carolina’s election code, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson ‘urged plaintiffs to take this case up to the Supreme Court immediately,” according to the October 22 application, referring to a dissenting opinion contained in the appeals court’s 49-page opinion.
Dissenting Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson and Steven Agee, who were joined in their opinion by Judge Paul Niemeyer, wrote last week: “We urge plaintiffs to take this case up to the Supreme Court immediately. Not tomorrow. Not the next day. Now.” This means they believe the majority of their court was playing politics for Democrats.
In the October 25 Supreme Court filing, the Trump campaign and others echoed their call for an emergency injunction to block counting of ballots received after November 6.
“An emergency injunction is urgently needed to ensure that our federal election is governed by the statutes enacted by the people’s duly elected representatives, and not by the whims of an unelected state agency,” the plaintiffs wrote. “The North Carolina State Board of Elections insists that its election-eve rewrite of the state election code as part of a back-room settlement with a partisan advocacy group is only a ‘modest’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that disregards the grave constitutional interests at stake.”
Trump has repeatedly warned that mail-in ballots carry a higher risk of voter fraud. In calling on the Supreme Court to block North Carolina’s deadline extension, the plaintiffs argue that the Board of Elections’ decision “usurps the authority delegated to the General Assembly under the United States Constitution, undermines the equal protection of voters, and is already causing the voter confusion and chaos that this court warned about” in a 2006 case.
The North Carolina State Board of Elections final month agreed to develop the deadline to 9 days, noting that ballots solid by mail should nonetheless be postmarked on or earlier than Election Day to be counted.
The Board of Elections stated in an earlier assertion that “this ensures that no ballots solid after Election Day could also be counted. It maintains the postmark requirement in statute and ensures that lawful votes solid by Election Day are counted, even when there are postal delays, which the U.S. Postal Service alerted the state about by a letter in August.”
The elections board seemed to be referring to a letter sent out to numerous states by the Postal Service warning about possible problems caused because of the difference between standard mail delivery and state laws about mail-in and absentee voting. Then those states should not have allowed mail-in voting beyond current absentee ballot voting. They should have put on the brakes when they learned there would be problems in the postal system for handling the giant load of ballots coming in. Democrats used that scheme to defeat Trump with a massive voter fraud attack on our election process by pushing thousands of fraudulent ballots in states they learn after election day how many votes Biden needs to win.
State Senate leader Phil Berger and North Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Tim Moore, both Republicans, have been among those to file a lawsuit against the State Board of Elections over the extension. However, in a 12-3 majority decision, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals denied injunctive relief.
“The deadline extension only changes two things: more votes cast by mail will be counted rather than discarded because of mail delays, and fewer voters will have to risk contracting the novel coronavirus by voting in person,” Judge James Wynn wrote in the opinion.