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ACLU Sues Virginia to Remove Witness Requirement on Mail-In Absentee Ballots
cnsnews.com ^ | April 17, 2020 | Susan Jones

Posted on 04/18/2020 4:44:44 AM PDT by lowbridge

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Commonwealth of Virginia over a law that requires someone to sign the envelope of another person's absentee ballot if that ballot is submitted by mail.

Under Virginia law, any voter who submits an absentee ballot by mail must open the envelope containing the ballot in front of another person, fill out the ballot, and then have that other person sign the outside of the ballot envelope before it is mailed back.

"In the midst of the pandemic and during a stay-at-home mandate, the witness requirement amounts to an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote," the ACLU said.

The ACLU is asking the court to block the state from enforcing the witness requirement while COVID-19 emergency orders are in place and/or community transmission of COVID-19 is happening.

The lawsuit says the court should instruct election officials to count mailed-in absentee ballots even if they are missing a witness signature.

The ACLU said the witness requirement adversely affects elderly Virginians who live alone, Virginians who are disabled, or those who are African-American. The latter group is experiencing COVID-19 at disproportionate rates.

“Removing the witness requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic is a common-sense solution that protects people’s health and their right to vote during this crisis," said Davin Rosborough, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. "No one should be forced to choose between staying safe and casting a ballot."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aclu; ballotharvesting; communistleague; howtostealanelection; perjury; perjurytrap; unamericanactivities; virginia; votefraud; voterfraud
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1 posted on 04/18/2020 4:44:44 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Leave it to the ACLU to go full Commie. Governor Blackface will help them.


2 posted on 04/18/2020 4:51:59 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Gays can give blood but I can't)
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To: lowbridge

Burden my butt!
Do it!


3 posted on 04/18/2020 4:52:08 AM PDT by Deo et patriae (Make America Great again! rantings.)
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To: lowbridge

They make it sound like some Virginians live off like hermits in the hills and never make social-contact with anyone.

They should rename the bill....to the ‘Bigfoot-bill’ to ensure that Bigfoot himself can vote, without anyone knowing it’s him.


4 posted on 04/18/2020 4:53:06 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: lowbridge

“In the midst of the pandemic and during a stay-at-home mandate, the witness requirement amounts to an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote,”

If the primary is on June 9, and the Governor’s stay at home order is to expire on June 10, the ACLU should be making its argument against the gubner blackface, requiring him to show how significant the state’s need is keep the stay at home order in place past June 8th. Or June 1st when neighboring state is expected to expire at least a month earlier.


5 posted on 04/18/2020 5:00:05 AM PDT by Susquehanna Patriot
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To: VeniVidiVici

“Witnesses” can be identified by their writers-cramp. 8-/


6 posted on 04/18/2020 5:16:25 AM PDT by Does so (Call it the CCP-virus...The Corona-virus dies in Summer's sunlight! But next spring's Chinese virus?)
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To: lowbridge

If they were smart (probably not) they would say “OK, ACLU you win. No mail in voting.”


7 posted on 04/18/2020 5:22:29 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ("Don’t mistake activity for achievement." - John Wooden)
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To: lowbridge

More criminal leftists making sure they can commit fraud in our elections through the use of lawfare.

JoMa


8 posted on 04/18/2020 5:22:39 AM PDT by joma89 (Buy weapons and ammo, folks.)
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To: lowbridge

Why not just push for a law that every ballot must show votes for Democrats regardless of one’s party affiliation?


9 posted on 04/18/2020 5:23:45 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Susquehanna Patriot

>> the ACLU should be making its argument against the gubner blackface

the ACLU will point out that it is a white democrat’s 1st amendment right to dress up in blackface or in a Klansman hood


10 posted on 04/18/2020 5:27:40 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The fish wrap media promoted Obama's Benghazi lies in 2012.)
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To: lowbridge

Repeal the law and require voting to be present or absentee to be at a voting precinct within a month before the election, in front of witnesses.


11 posted on 04/18/2020 5:35:07 AM PDT by richardtavor
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To: VeniVidiVici

Leave it to the ACLU to go full Commie

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The ACLU has always been ‘full Commie’


12 posted on 04/18/2020 5:57:38 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turn)
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To: From The Deer Stand

Why not just push for a law that every ballot must show votes for Democrats regardless of one’s party affiliation?

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Why not just push for a law that every ballot must show votes for only selected Democrats with all other parties illegal?


13 posted on 04/18/2020 5:59:38 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turn)
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To: lowbridge

In the midst of this crisis time, with rights being curtailed (temporarily) nationwide, this is the issue the ACLU wakes up to address.


14 posted on 04/18/2020 6:13:33 AM PDT by chrisser
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To: lowbridge

It takes great creativity for aclu to keep dreaming up more and more absurd ways to undermine and destroy America and American citizens’ liberties.


15 posted on 04/18/2020 6:27:45 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ("Politicians are not born, they are excreted." Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 to 43 BCE))
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To: PIF

At some point, they’ll say darkening the bubbles on the ballot is racists because minorities are less likely to be able to afford a pen, so the friendly helpful voter registrar’s office will have them filled out for you.


16 posted on 04/18/2020 6:29:20 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: lowbridge
Oh boy! That's all we need! The Democrats can crank out mail-in ballots by the boxcar load--with "Democrat" already checked!

Think how many ballots they can find at the last minute.

Stalin's Law:
"It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes."

The Democrats' Corollary to Stalin's Law:
"And print the most ballots."

17 posted on 04/18/2020 6:35:48 AM PDT by Savage Beast (A President praying for God’s guidance, donating his salary to charity is on the Side of the Angels)
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“.....The ACLU said the witness requirement adversely affects elderly Virginians who live alone, Virginians who are disabled, or those who are African-American. “


So prove this you commie bastards. People of Virginia must throw these bums out.


18 posted on 04/18/2020 7:16:50 AM PDT by redshawk ( I want my red balloon. ( https://youtu.be/V12H2mteniE))
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To: joma89

The suicide of America


19 posted on 04/18/2020 7:30:31 AM PDT by ActresponsiblyinVA
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To: lowbridge
the witness requirement amounts to an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote,

Correct, so I am BANNING ALL MAIL IN VOTING
20 posted on 04/18/2020 7:34:40 AM PDT by eyeamok
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