The Supreme Court, Trump, Biden and the Election Explained

first_imgJustices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh said they would have granted a stay blocking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision. On the other side were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the court’s three-member liberal wing: Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who joined the court on Oct. 27, did not take part in the decision not to fast-track the case. A court spokeswoman said Justice Barrett had not participated “because of the need for a prompt resolution” and “because she has not had time to fully review the parties’ filings.” Pennsylvania officials have instructed county election officials to segregate ballots arriving after 8 p.m. on Election Day through 5 p.m. three days later. That would as a practical matter allow a ruling from the Supreme Court to determine whether they were ultimately counted.Justice Alito’s statement in the Pennsylvania case echoed an earlier concurring opinion by Justice Kavanaugh in a voting case from Wisconsin. Justice Kavanaugh also said that state legislatures, rather than state courts, have the last word in setting state election procedures.Taken together, the Oct. 17 deadlock and statements from four justices suggest that Justice Barrett could cast the decisive vote if the Pennsylvania dispute holds the key to the election. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 12:06 p.m. ET Late last month, the justices refused a plea from Republicans in the state to fast-track a decision on whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had acted lawfully.- Advertisement – The U.S. Supreme Court has not hesitated to block orders from federal judges that sought to alter state rules for conducting elections. Rulings from state courts present more difficult questions because the Supreme Court generally defers to them in cases concerning interpretations of state law, while the Constitution empowers state legislatures to set the times, places and manner of congressional elections.In a statement issued when the court refused to speed the Pennsylvania case, Justice Alito, joined by Justices Thomas and Gorsuch, criticized his court’s treatment of the matter, which he said had “needlessly created conditions that could lead to serious postelection problems.”“The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued a decree that squarely alters an important statutory provision enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature pursuant to its authority under the Constitution of the United States to make rules governing the conduct of elections for federal office,” he wrote, adding that he regretted that the election would be “conducted under a cloud.”“It would be highly desirable to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the State Supreme Court’s decision before the election,” Justice Alito wrote. “That question has national importance, and there is a strong likelihood that the State Supreme Court decision violates the federal Constitution.”But there was not enough time, he wrote. Still, Justice Alito left little doubt about where he stood on the question in the case. The court’s refusal to move more quickly came a little more than a week after it deadlocked, 4 to 4, on an emergency application in the case on Oct. 19. – Advertisement –center_img Should the vote in Pennsylvania have the potential to determine the outcome in the Electoral College and should those late-arriving ballots have the potential to swing the state — two big ifs — the U.S. Supreme Court might well intercede.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered a three-day extension for ballots clearly mailed on or before Election Day and for those with missing or illegible postmarks “unless a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that it was mailed after Election Day.” WASHINGTON — President Trump promised early Wednesday morning to ask the Supreme Court to intervene in the election. “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We want all voting to stop.”The first statement was premature. The second did not make sense.- Advertisement – The Supreme Court decides actual disputes, not abstract propositions, and then only after lower courts have made their own rulings. While there have been countless election cases filed around the nation, it is not clear which of them might reach the court in the coming days.But one candidate is already on the court’s docket. Last month, the court refused to put a case from Pennsylvania on a fast track, but three justices indicated that the court might return to it later if need be.As far as voting is concerned, it stopped on Election Day. But some states allow votes cast by mail on or before Election Day to be counted if they are received up to several days afterward. In Pennsylvania, for instance, the state Supreme Court extended the deadline for receiving ballots from Election Day to three days later. “The provisions of the federal Constitution conferring on state legislatures, not state courts, the authority to make rules governing federal elections would be meaningless,” he wrote, “if a state court could override the rules adopted by the legislature simply by claiming that a state constitutional provision gave the courts the authority to make whatever rules it thought appropriate for the conduct of a fair election.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Kelvar Darroux honored to be named Top Mover and Shaker for 2011

first_imgLocalNews Kelvar Darroux honored to be named Top Mover and Shaker for 2011 by: – December 31, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 234 Views   no discussions Share Hon. Kelvar Darroux. Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux said he is honored to be named Cutting Edge Communication’s Top Mover and Shaker for 2011.A “Mover and Shaker” is a person, group, or organization (or thing) that has been a game changer; that has moved people; influenced or that has had impact for better or for worse. Earlier this week, Managing Consultant of Cutting Edge Communication Mrs Kamala Jno. Baptiste-Aaron, noted that the company “believes that such a list is important because assessment of impact in a society is necessary as well as healthy”.The release also explained that the Top Ten Movers and Shakers were named “based on an individual/organization’s impact, ability to be a game-changer and change how people behave. Mr. Darroux says he has accepted the recognition with honor but the news came as a surprise.“The announcement came as a surprise but I am honored. The year has been overwhelming for me and my constituency and there were a lot of challenges. A few of them include the collapse of the Matthieu Dam which caused massive damage to the area of Layou. A lot of fishermen suffered losses. One will understand the extent of work that now has to be done in the area,” he said.He explained that another issue which affected him was the disappearance of Shanice Jemmot.“When the whole occurrence of the Shanice Jemmot evolved, this was a situation I took very close to my heart because I did not only see myself as the MP but as a close friend to the family. I am happy that after forty days she was found and she is continuing to get her life to a state of normalcy. That is good news,” he said.Darroux is the youngest member of the Roosevelt Skerrit Cabinet who entered into politics for the first time in 2009 and won by an impressive 350 votes.The other Top Ten Movers and Shakers for 2011 are as follows;#2. The Dominican citizen , #3. Rayburn Blackmoore—Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports, #4. Roosevelt Skerrit—Prime Minister of Dominica, #5. Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, #6. Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, #7. United Workers Party—Parliamentary Opposition, #8. Justina Charles—Minister for Youth and Sports, #9. Tasha ‘Tasha P’ Peltier and #10. Cyril Carrette—Police Chief Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more