A witness must sign Mail-in ballots.
On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a South Carolina law requiring a mail-in ballot to have a witness’s signature on it.
The Supreme Court granted the petition of several Republicans and suspended the lower court’s decision, which blocked the need for a witness’s signature. The court’s ruling states that ballots already sent should not have a signature.
The law was initially challenged by a group of Democratic voters and the state Democratic Party, who argued that requiring a witness’s signature would put people at risk during a pandemic and reduce the number of voters.
State Republicans, including members of the South Carolina election commission, asked the Supreme Court to allow the law to take effect before the November 3 vote after the 4th US circuit court of appeals upheld a lower court’s decision on September 18 to ban such a rule.
About 150,000 ballots were sent to voters in South Carolina.
Mail-in voting has long been a part of American elections, and mail-in ballots are expected to be widely used during the pandemic, as voters seek to avoid election-day queues and congested polling stations.
President Trump has repeatedly criticized the transparency of voting by mail. He made some unsubstantiated claims that mail-in ballots are vulnerable to fraud, and suggested that their use would lead to “election fraud.”