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South Carolina Absentee Ballot Witness Rule Blocked

May 26, 2020, 10:06 PM

South Carolina cannot enforce a law requiring individuals voting by absentee ballot this June to obtain a witness’s signature, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing the unusual circumstances presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for South Carolina, a state law requiring voters to get a witness to sign their ballots is likely unconstitutionally burdensome in the context of ongoing health risks.

The order partially grants two separate motions, each filed by a mix of individual and institutional plaintiffs. The motions challenged certain South Carolina voting laws given health risks, especially...

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