October 28, 2020
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Republican Effort to Make Voting More Difficult During the Pandemic
Case Began With Complaint Brought by Retiree Organization to Protect Voting Rights for Older North Carolina Voters
Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:
“This is an important, common sense victory for voters and voting rights. The Supreme Court’s 5-3 vote today means that thousands of North Carolina voters will be able to cast a ballot during the pandemic that will actually be counted, without putting their health at risk,” said Richard Fiesta. “This is particularly important to the thousands of North Carolina voters who are at most risk from the coronavirus.”
“Allowing ballots that are postmarked by Election Day but arrive up to 9 days later will help ensure that all votes will be counted,” said Fiesta. “No one should be disenfranchised because the Postal Service was unable to deliver their ballot in time.”
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.
A copy of the order is here.
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