The Supreme Court issued two noteworthy shadow-docket orders on Thursday — one involving mail-ballots in Montana and another involving access to a prescription drug used to induce early-term abortions. In the Montana case, Justice Elena Kagan rejected a request from Republicans to block county officials from sending mail-ballots to all registered voters. In the abortion case, the court — over dissent from Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — declined to act for now on the Trump administration’s request to reinstate in-person dispensing requirements for the abortion pill during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the justices have another census case on their emergency docket, this one asking whether the federal government can end field operations several weeks early.

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