R&I – FS
Justices Thomas and Alito issued scathing dissents over the Court’s decision not to settle the dispute about mail-in ballots, especially to avoid more allegations of fraud in future elections.
“One wonders what this Court waits for. We failed to settle this dispute before the election, and thus provide clear rules. Now we again fail to provide clear rules for future elections,” Thomas wrote.
“The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us. I respectfully dissent.”
“Changing the rules in the middle of the game is bad enough. Such rule
changes by officials who may lack authority to do so is even worse,” Thomas wrote. “When those changes alter election results, they can severely damage the electoral system on which our self-governance so heavily depends. If state officials have the authority they have claimed, we need to make it clear. If not, we need to put an end to this practice now before the consequences become catastrophic.”