SC judge voids rule that mail-in ballots be signed by witnesses

SC judge voids rule that mail-in ballots be signed by witnesses

The ruling follows a lawsuit filed by state and national Democratic Party organizations, along with several individual voters, against the state Election Commission. There is at least one other lawsuit over South Carolina’s voting rules in federal court, and another in state court. » FROM MAY: Trump threatens to withhold funds to states that vote nearly entirely by mail amid pandemic The South Carolina Republican Party and state legislative leaders also argued against changes proposed by plaintiffs, highlighting the risks of potential voter fraud by removing the witness requirement. But Childs wrote that the argument was “undercut by an utter dearth of absentee fraud,” noting there was little to no evidence of voter fraud during the June primaries. Childs, who had also struck down the witness signature provision for the June primary election, observed that the seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 infections in the state, at 763 cases on Sept. 17, remains significantly higher than the daily infection rate leading up to her prior injunction in May. State health officials confirmed 134,884 virus cases as of Monday. 3,040 people have died. Childs observed the witness requirement would have still applied to people who had already contracted COVID-19, requiring those voters risk exposing their witnesses to the virus. Earlier last week, the South Carolina legislature passed a bill allowing all voters to vote absentee for any reason in a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but an amendment to remove the signature provision failed. Voters in the state usually have to ...
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