Supreme Court Restores Witness Signature Requirement For Absentee Ballots

Supreme Court Restores Witness Signature Requirement For Absentee Ballots

( – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought up many questions about the upcoming presidential election, among them: the efficiency of mail-in ballots and the safety of different voting methods. One of the concerns around absentee ballots was addressed in the latest ruling from the Supreme Court on Monday, October 5.

South Carolina must restore the requirement for a witness signature on its absentee ballots. The state had a law mandating voters sign and seal their ballots in front of a witness who then signs underneath the voter’s signature. This is done to reduce voter fraud on mail-in ballots.

District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs had opposed the law, stating that it “unconstitutionally burdens the right to vote” by forcing voters to come in contact with another person, something discouraged with our current coronavirus epidemic. The Supreme Court retracted this change.

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, praised this ruling by the high court:

As voters begin mailing in ballots or voting early, our governments must ensure their citizens’ safety. However, we also must fight to prevent election fraud as best we can. This ruling from SCOTUS, where no notice of dissent was issued, is a clear directive from our Justice Department to support our free and fair elections.

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