October 20, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in Republican Party of Pennsylvania v. Boockvar. The split ruling affirms the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to allow Pennsylvania election officials to count mail-in ballots received within three days of the election, even if they are not postmarked. If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, she could be the tie-breaking vote in similar election cases. 

“This ruling shows why I asked Judge Barrett about voting rights during her nomination hearing. As millions of people go to the polls--some risking their lives to cast a ballot during this pandemic--Americans deserve a president who will honor our democratic principles without hesitation and Supreme Court nominees who will commit to protecting the fundamental right to vote. As cases related to this election continue to come before the Supreme Court, voting rights hang in the balance.”

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