Appeals court reinstates Nov. 3 due date for Wisconsin mail ballots

A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a Nov. 3 due date for mail ballots in Wisconsin in a ruling that a dissenting judge argued would disenfranchise thousands of voters.

The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit halted a district judge’s order that relaxed a number of restrictions in order to ease voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In dissent, Judge Ilana Rovner called the ruling a “travesty” that will cause “many thousands of Wisconsin citizens [to] lose their right to vote.”


“Good luck and G-d bless, Wisconsin,” Rovner, a George H.W. Bush appointee, wrote. “You are going to need it.”

The other two judges on the panel were appointed by former President Reagan and President Trump

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