The Authoritarian-Minded Court

Monday, April 6th, the right-wing majority of the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling upholding the Wisconsin governor’s order extending the deadline for returning mail-in ballots, which voters had not received in time because of delays relating to the coronavirus crisis. The Court’s rationale was that the extension would have violated the integrity of the electoral process. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in dissent, the court’s order “will result in massive disenfranchisement” of voters, the opposite of preserving  the integrity of the electoral process.

     Step by step, the Court has been moving toward validating right-wing authoritarian rule.