Thursday, August 06, 2020

Supreme Court makes mail voting difficult
The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned the option for all eligible voters to vote by mail in November due to COVID-19. State election officials had opposed a lower court order that made it easier to vote. The high court's decision means Tennessee's excuse-based system will remain in effect for the November election. "This ruling does not go far enough," Justice Sharon Lee wrote in opposing the majority decision. "All qualified Tennessee voters like voters in forty-five other states should be allowed to apply to vote by absentee mail ballot during the unprecedented and deadly COVID-19 pandemic that is gripping our community, state, nation, and world." The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Campaign Legal Center have filed a similar federal lawsuit that also challenges three other restrictions on absentee voting. One bars first-time voters from voting by mail unless they show ID at a local election office beforehand. Only a few states are not offering by-mail voting for everyone during the pandemic, and two-thirds of states allowed the practice before the pandemic.

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