Just as Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison tightened the race between him and incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the U.S. Supreme Court handed the Republican a lifeline that will help with his re-election.
Esquire columnist Charles Pierce reported on Tuesday that the Supreme Court ruled this week to reinstated a South Carolina law requiring absentee ballots to carry a witness signature. As Pierce notes, this could help Graham in his race.
“The most recent poll numbers indicate the possibility that the election could be too much of a rout to ratf*ck,” Pierce wrote. “But the South Carolina decision reminds us of all the fail-safe devices the Republicans have planted within the infrastructure of this election. The one thing to which John Roberts has dedicated his entire career is limiting the franchise among voters he finds unworthy and inconvenient. That never will change.”
While lower courts had found the state’s law to be an undue burden on some voters during a pandemic, Justice Brett Kavanaugh – who Graham stood up for during his Senate confirmation hearing – wrote that state election laws should not be ordinarily second-guess by federal judges.
“If you needed another reason to be nervous about the elevation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg beyond the serological,” Pierce wrote, “[Samuel] Alito and [Clarence] Thomas are making noises to the effect that almost everything will be on the table very soon.”
You can read his entire column HERE.