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US Supreme Court lets Alabama ban curbside voting in November election

04:05  22 october  2020
04:05  22 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during Conservative justices granted Alabama ’s request to stay a federal judge’s order that would allow local officials to offer curbside voting in the July

Kallon said Alabama can’t prevent local election officials from offering curbside voting at in-person polling locations in the July 14 runoff. Kallon also ruled Alabama can’t require some absentee ballot voters in three counties to submit photocopies of their identification and witness signatures if it is

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday night that Alabama can ban curbside voting in the upcoming elections, handing Republicans a victory in their battle against easing election rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shorthanded following Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, the court ruled 5-3, with the remaining three liberal justices dissenting.

A federal appeals court already had refused to lift a requirement that voters using absentee ballots submit affidavits signed by a notary or two adult witnesses. That court also reaffirmed the need for absentee ballots to include copies of photo IDs.

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling Thursday night blocking a lower court ’s decision to allow curbside voting and expanded absentee ballot access in Alabama ’s July 14 runoff election , as President Donald Trump and his Republican allies ramp up their objections to mail-in voting ahead of

The state of Alabama had asked U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Clarence Thomas to issue an emergency stay blocking an order that Secretary of The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday evening blocked a ruling by a federal judge in Alabama that would have allowed curbside voting statewide

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But the appeals court refused to let state officials block counties from employing curbside voting, leading to the latest Supreme Court case.

State Attorney General Steve Marshall argued in legal papers that curbside voting – used in the past to assist voters with disabilities – "comes with a host of logistical, safety and ballot secrecy concerns." Among them: the need to transfer custody of the ballot to a third party.

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Challengers, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the practice "as a means of reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 at the polls."

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he was pleased the court acted quickly so that The winner of the Republican faceoff will take on Democrat Sen. Doug Jones in November . Kallon said Alabama can’t prevent local election officials from offering curbside voting at in-person polling

Kallon said Alabama can’t prevent local election officials from offering curbside voting at in-person polling locations in the July 14 runoff. Kallon also ruled Alabama can’t require some absentee ballot voters in three counties to submit photocopies of their identification and witness signatures if it is

"COVID-19 has infected 172,000 Alabamians and led to the deaths of more than 2,700 of them," they said. "Every decision about whether to leave home requires Alabamians to take calculated health risks. These risks are especially acute for people who ... are at higher risk of severe illness or death from the virus due to their age and/or underlying medical conditions."

Alabama has a storied history of voting rights challenges. In the 2013 case Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision striking down the formula under which some states and counties were required to get Justice Department approval to change election practices. The ruling led many southern states to institute new voting restrictions.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Supreme Court lets Alabama ban curbside voting in November election

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