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The Supreme Court’s Wisconsin Decision Is a Terrible Sign for November

The justices are forcing citizens to choose between voting and staying safe from the coronavirus. This fall’s election could be no different.
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Today, lines outside of Wisconsin polling places illustrate the cruel stakes of a decision the Supreme Court handed down Monday night. The Court forced Wisconsin residents to choose between voting and staying safe. Some voters, it appears, are willing to risk their own death in order to ensure that American democracy still lives.

But they should not have to make that choice. The five conservative justices on the Supreme Court forced them to. In a , the Court rolled back an absentee-ballot extension that would have given voters an extra week to submit ballots by mail. The decision is an ominous sign about what the Court will allow elected officials

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