South Carolina is the latest in a string of states to side with President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign in upholding voting laws ranging from ballot harvesting regulations to Election Day deadlines.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with state Republicans in reinstating a South Carolina voting requirement that absentee ballots have a witness’s signature, a mandate federal courts had deemed an unnecessary imposition because of coronavirus.
Breitbart News reports:
South Carolina and Arizona join a list of states, including Maine, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Iowa, that have recently awarded election-related court victories to the GOP.
Republicans saw a sweeping victory in Maine last week after its superior court ruled in favor of upholding photo identification laws, ballot harvesting regulations, and the state’s 8 p.m. Election Day deadline.
Similarly, in the battleground state of Georgia, a federal appeals court decided on Friday to reinstate the ruling that all ballots be received by the state’s 7 p.m. Election Day deadline.
“The number of late-arriving ballots could have been enough to swing close elections,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted of the decision. “During Georgia’s primary this year, election officials rejected about 8,400 absentee ballots that were received after the June 9 election day.”
In New Hampshire, the superior court on Friday rejected several requests, including those related to ballot harvesting prohibitions, made by the American Federation of Teachers.
In Iowa, another swing state, district court judges in Linn, Johnson, and Woodbury Counties ruled against auditors’ pre-filling in voters’ personal information on absentee ballot request forms, which resulted in the invalidation of about 80,000 ballot request forms that auditors had already filled out, according to Iowa Public Radio.
Just in: SCOTUS reinstates the witness signature requirement for South Carolina absentee ballots againhttps://t.co/sZa62M6JL1— Jamie Lovegrove (@jslovegrove) October 6, 2020
NEW: The Supreme Court sides with Republicans and reinstates a South Carolina voting requirement that a witness must sign each absentee ballot. pic.twitter.com/8LFMTGqhU7— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) October 6, 2020
Breaking: Without noted dissent, Supreme Court reverses 4th Circuit and says South Carolina voters still need to provide witness signatures to cast absentee ballots (except for those who already voted and ballots received within 2 days). No noted dissents. More to come.— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) October 6, 2020
A major victory for election fairness. The article does not mention that the Judge’s order only extended the absentee ballot deadline in 17 largely Democratic counties. The Court of Appeals was absolutely right to reverse this ridiculous ruling. https://t.co/YRRy8QCTuz— David Shafer (@DavidShafer) October 3, 2020
“A superior court sided with the Maine secretary of state and President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign on Wednesday in upholding the state’s voter identification requirements, ballot harvesting regulations, and Election Day deadline.”— Cynthia P Garrett (@cgarrett101) October 2, 2020
A judge upheld most of the N.H. voting rules challenged in the lawsuit: the 5 p.m. Election Day absentee ballot deadline, ballot harvesting ban and dropbox restrictions still stand.— Casey McDermott (@caseymcdermott) October 2, 2020
He did, however, say @NHSecretary should be providing registration forms directly to voters. pic.twitter.com/7prUsLEx2s
New from me: 100,000 ballot requests were invalidated in Iowa after courts sided with Trump campaign https://t.co/6irRFdIepS— aída chávez (@aidachavez) October 5, 2020