October 14, 2020

Federal Judge Rejects Republican Efforts to Overturn Key Portions of North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans’ Agreement with the State to Make Voting Easier During the Pandemic

Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

This is an important victory for voters and voting rights. Judge William Osteen’s decision means that thousands of older North Carolina voters will be able to protect their health and cast a ballot during a pandemic that will be counted.

“As a result of tonight’s rulings, the consent judgment’s provision that absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day and received up to 9 days after the election will be counted remains in effect. Voters can also continue to submit their absentee ballots curbside by providing their name orally, without waiting in line with other one-stop voters, thus alleviating long lines and potential exposure to COVID-19.”

A copy of today’s opinion and order is here.

This year the Alliance for Retired Americans, working with its state chapters, has filed lawsuits to protect vote by mail and absentee voters in Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin, in addition to North Carolina.

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Contact: Lisa Cutler, lcutler@retiredamericans.org

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