SCOTUS Allows Alabama to Restore Voting Restrictions

State now allowed to block curbside voting
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2020 7:26 AM CDT
SCOTUS Allows Alabama to Restore Voting Restrictions
The US Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the pandemic. 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 runoff and loosen absentee ballot requirements in three of the state’s large counties. The order will remain stayed while the court decides whether to hear Alabama’s appeal. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said he was pleased the court acted quickly so that Alabama voting rules remain in place for the July 14 runoff, the AP reports. "Alabama is again able to enforce laws that help ensure the fairness and integrity of our elections," the Republican said.

The court rulings stem from a lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program. A group of voters had sought more voting options because of health concerns. US District Judge Abdul K. Kallon last month issued a preliminary injunction after finding that Alabama’s election rules will cause sick or elderly voters to "likely face a painful and difficult choice between exercising their fundamental right to vote and safeguarding their health, which could prevent them from casting a vote in upcoming elections." Alabama appealed the decision, arguing that curbside voting would be a major change done right before the election and Alabama’s rules are needed to combat voter fraud and are not unreasonable.

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