By- Vaani Srivastava
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the appeal by Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker, the Green Party candidates for President and Vice President, to show up on the Wisconsin ballot. The decision abstained thrusting Wisconsin into political and election chaos by declining the republishing of hundreds of ballots only days before region country clerks were required to mail them to voters who requested an absentee ballot.
The legal challenge emerged after the Wisconsin Election Commission cast a vote to check just 1,789 of the 3,966 signatures Hawkins and Walker submitted. The signatures were challenged because Walker’s address on some of the signature forms was not exact and accurate. The Wisconsin Election Commission at that point concluded that Hawkins and Walker didn’t meet the 2,000 substantial and valid signature prerequisite to show up on the Wisconsin ballot.
Although the matter was time-sensitive, Hawkins and Walker waited two weeks to appeal. The court, in a 4-3 decision, wrote:
Regardless of whether we would ultimately determine that the petitioners’ claims are exemplary and meritorious, given their postponement in affirming their rights and privileges, we would be not able to give significant alleviation without completely upsetting the election. We agree with the Commission that expecting districts and municipalities to print and send a second round of ballot to voters who previously received, and possibly as of now restored, their first ballot would bring about disarray and confusion and would subvert trust in the overall political race results. Under the circumstances presented here, it would be unfair both to Wisconsin voters and to the other candidates on the general election ballot to interfere in an election that has already begun.
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The court additionally noticed that Wisconsin law required that ballots must be sent out to the voters by September 17. Wisconsin country clerks expressed worry and concern that both the expense and time spent republishing hundreds of thousands of ballots would have made meeting the September 17 cut-off time unfeasible.
The court’s decision came as an amazement, to observers. In contradict, Chief Justice Patience Roggensack inferred that the decision by the Wisconsin Election Commission “suppressed the people’s right to decide to decide to vote for Green Party candidates who have kept up positions that are critical and important to them.”
After the ruling, Hawkins was candid in his assessment: “We were screwed.” Hawkins was criticized for retaining a conservative law firm to appeal the decision of the Wisconsin Election Commission. Furthermore, the legal bills were paid for by an anonymous conservative donor.
The decision to stop the left-wing party from appearing on the ballot was seen as a conquest for the Biden campaign. In 2016, Green Party candidate Jill Stein obtained 31,072 votes in Wisconsin greater than the 22,748 vote margin by which Donald Trump overpowered Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin.