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Fights Over Mail Ballot Drop Boxes Grow Across The Country

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NEWTON - AUGUST 23: A voter drops a ballot into the box for mail-in ballots outside of Newton City Hall in Newton, MA on Aug. 23, 2020, where there's a crowded field in the primary race for the fourth Congressional D... NEWTON - AUGUST 23: A voter drops a ballot into the box for mail-in ballots outside of Newton City Hall in Newton, MA on Aug. 23, 2020, where there's a crowded field in the primary race for the fourth Congressional Democratic nomination. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 31, 2020 10:20 a.m.

It’s not just Pennsylvania — where the Trump campaign sued to stop the use of ballot drop boxes — that this option for absentee voters is becoming the focus of pandemic election fights. Ohio now faces state and federal lawsuits over its secretary of state’s decision not to allow counties to set up boxes beyond the ones stationed at election offices. Iowa’s secretary of state, too, is under fire for telling county officials they can’t set up the option for voters. Pennsylvania Republicans have proposed legislation to explicitly ban their use, but that would need the support of the state’s Democratic governor to become law. While a federal judge initially punted a lawsuit the Trump campaign filed seeking to block them — saying he’d come back to the case once a state court resolved a similar dispute  — the campaign has returned to the federal court again asking for immediate action to prevent their use.

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