I haven't paid a lot of attention to the various lower court rulings challenging state election laws, for the simple reason that I've assumed that most of the Dem judges at the District level would be overturned by the Circuit courts--or by the SCOTUS. That's, in effect, what happened today.
Shipwreckedcrew has a nice article on the ruling regarding South Carolina's election law, drawing out the implications for the rest of the country:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Rewrite of State Election Law by District Court Judge — The Battle Is Joined
What happened this afternoon is that the SCOTUS granted an "emergency stay" that prevents the Obama judge's ruling from taking effect. In practice, it means that it will be pushed past the election.
SWC points out that this will serve as a "template" for GOP election lawyers to follow across the nation. Here's how he puts it:
This is a”shot across the bow” to the federal district court judges — Obama appointees all — who have been rewriting state election laws over the last days and weeks, using the COVID 19 pandemic to make changes that have been sought in near totality by Democrat party interest groups.
I have a very strong suspicion this one Order issued by the Court will trigger a flood of “Emergency Stay” applications from the defendants in states where federal court litigation asserting Fourteenth Amendment claims has been used to rewrite state election laws. The Order issued by Justice Kavanaugh provides a very simple template for the Court to respond in serialized fashion and put a stop to the election-eve “jerry-rigging” of individual state election procedures in order to improve the chances of a favorable outcome from Democrat candidates – including Joe Biden.
More from Breitbart--a brief excerpt from a longer article:
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with state Republicans in reinstating a South Carolina voting requirement that absentee ballots have a witness’s signature, a mandate federal courts had deemed an unnecessary imposition because of coronavirus. No justices published dissents on the order.
The lack any published dissents to the order is probably quite significant. It will undercut Dem claims of the conservative majority in the SCOTUS running roughshod over the country's election laws. Very nice to see a united SCOTUS, if that's what's happening. The country needs that.