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Efforts To Make Pandemic Voting Easier Run Into A SCOTUS Buzzsaw

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October 12, 2020 1:25 p.m.

Voting rights advocates are getting a little help from the Supreme Court in their efforts to make voting easier in the pandemic. A Supreme Court order Monday night reinstating South Carolina’s absentee ballot witness requirement was the latest example of the justices reversing lower court moves to open up voting because of the pandemic. A silver lining for voters is that a Supreme Court majority at least allowed the ballots that have already been submitted sans witnesses to be counted — the three farthest right members of the court indicated they would have thrown those ballots out.

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