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The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision to disallow Wisconsin mail-in ballots to be counted if they arrive after Election Day.

The high court’s order, coming in a 5-3 vote, affirmed an Oct. 8 decision by the US Circuit Court of Appeals to block a ruling that would have allowed ballots in the state to be counted as long as they were postmarked by Election Day and received within the six following days.

Wisconsin state policy dictates that election officials must have mail-in ballots by the time polls close on Election Day.

Monday’s Supreme Court decision sided with Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature, who opposed the mail-in ballot deadline extension.

Democrats in Wisconsin — a key swing state for the presidential election — had argued that over 100,000 voters could be “disenfranchised through no fault of their own” without an extension.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in mail-in voting across the country. President Trump has routinely blasted the voting method as being rife with fraud.

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Trump doubles down on voting fraud claims as he says defeat of down-ballot democrats proves rigged election

PRESIDENT Donald Trump doubled down on his claims that there was voting fraud in the election and that the Democrats' down-ballot defeat proves it last night.

In a Twitter rant, the president said that there was "massive fraud" and that the 2020 election was rigged.

5Donald Trump continues to allege that there was widespread voter fraud in the US election Credit: Reuters 5The tweet was flagged as 'disputed'Credit: TWITTER

Referring to a New York Times article from Saturday which spoke about how voters' disgust with Trump didn't translate into a rebuke of other Republicans, he said: "'Democrats suffered crushing down-ballot loss across America.' @nytimes. This is true.

"All statehouses won, and in Washington we did great. So I led this great charge, and I’m the only one that lost?

"No, it doesn’t work that way. This was a massive fraud, a RIGGED ELECTION!"

The tweet was quickly flagged by the social media giant as a claim that had been "disputed."

Shortly after the election was called in favor of Biden, Trump's team filed multiple suits alleging voter fraud in key states. 

In his first one-on-one interview since Election Day, Trump accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice for being "missing in action" on his claims of election fraud.

Speaking on the phone with Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Trump said he would like "to file one big beautiful lawsuit with tremendous proof" of fraud in the presidential election.

Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures told Trump that he raised some serious charges and asked, "Where is the DOJ and the FBI in all of this?"

"Missing in action," Trump replied.

"Missing in action. Can't tell you where they are."

Trump continued that he has asked if the agencies have looked into election fraud and that "everyone says yes, they're looking at it," but then expressed dissatisfaction over the matter. 

Despite his attack on the validity of the US election system, Trump's legal team has yet to provide any evidence that stands up in court.

Joe Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes to Trump's 232, and he leads Trump by over six million in the popular vote.

Meanwhile, Chris Krebs, a lifelong Republican, was fired by Donald Trump by tweet on November 17, after he declared the election to be "the most secure in American history" in an interview.

'MOST SECURE ELECTION'

After the segment aired, Trump tweeted: "60Minutes never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one sided story on election security, which is an international joke.

"Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!"

The president continued tweeting about a "RIGGED ELECTION" and insisted that he couldn't have lost because he attracted large crowds. 

But Krebs, 43, insisted that the election was the most secure ever - and that Trump and Giuliani's suggestions otherwise were in fact "dangerous."

He said: "I think that we should be celebrating the successes of making the 2020 election the most secure election in modern history. 

"I think that the administration deserves credit. I think that President Trump's administration deserves credit for securing the 2020 election." 

Krebs added that he was saddened after watching a press conference at the Republican National headquarters last week, where Giuliani tried to "undermine confidence in the election."

He told 60 Minutes: "It was upsetting because what I saw was an apparent attempt to undermine confidence in the election, to confuse people, to scare people.

"It's not me, it's not just CISA. It's the tens of thousands of election workers out there that had been working nonstop, 18-hour days, for months.

"They're getting death threats for trying to carry out one of our core democratic institutions, an election.

"And that was, again, to me, a press conference that I just - it didn't make sense. 

"What it was actively doing was undermining democracy. And that's dangerous."

The president fired tweets at Krebs, saying: "The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate.

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"There were massive improprieties and fraud - including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, 'glitches' in the voting machines which changed...votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more. 

"Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency."

Former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs says 'There’s no evidence that voting machines were manipulated by foreign actors'  5He was fired after declaring the election to be 'the most secure in American history'Credit: CBS/60 Minutes 5Krebs was fired as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security AgencyCredit: Twitter 5Trump continues to say that he didn't lose the election, despite having no evidence to suggest thisCredit: Twitter

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