With only days remaining before the July 14 run-off elections in Alabama, Democrats were doing their best to open up the voting law — until they were soundly defeated by the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block a lower court’s order to loosen certain absentee voting requirements in Alabama, the Washington Times reported.
Push to remove restrictions
The laws concerning Alabama’s absentee ballots have been in place for quite some time, but the last-minute moves were made in an effort by Democrats who cited the danger of contracting the coronavirus while voting.
Current law requires Alabama absentee voters to “send a copy of a photo ID and mandates that the ballot must be either signed by two witnesses or notarized,” according to The Hill.
When the injunction against those laws was put in place, the state had no other choice but to appeal to the Supreme Court or face the consequences — a chaotic election day due to significant changes being put in place without nearly enough time to educate and train elections staff on the specifics before the July 14 elections.
The voting, as expected, came down along ideological lines.
The only real surprise is that Chief Justice John Roberts voted as expected rather than siding with the liberal side of the court.
Alabama celebrates decision
In his petition to the Supreme Court, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill stated, “Of course, neither the plaintiffs nor the courts below quantified the risk to plaintiffs or explained why it was unavoidable.”
“Nor could they, because no voter need ‘risk death’ when she can, for example, simply meet two masked neighbors outside for a few moments while they watch each other, from several yards away, sign an absentee ballot,” he added.
He would go on to slam the lower court’s decision to try to “rewrite State election law in the middle of an election.”
States that have tried to do mass mail-in balloting have already shown that the system is flawed, yet Democrats are pushing hard to run the November election this way.
Thankfully, at least for the time being, the Supreme Court has preserved existing laws and has not allowed Democrats to hijack another election with last-minute legal stunts.