Opinions Relating to Orders - 2019

Little v. Reclaim Idaho

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with whom JUSTICE GINSBURG joins, dissenting from the grant of stay. Yet again, this Court intervenes to grant a stay pending appeal, in this case less than two weeks before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is poised to hear an expedited appeal on a preliminary injunction entered by the District Court.1 That injunction requires the State of Idaho to accommodate delays and risks introduced by the COVID–19 pandemic by extending the deadline for accepting ballot-initiative signatures and permitting digital collection of signatures. The State claims that it requires immediate intervention from this Court because, absent a stay, it must expend time and resources verifying digital signatures in advance of the extended signature-submission deadline. But the equities do not favor the State, at least not yet.