Judge rules witness signatures required on mail-in ballots

“The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area has genuinely appreciated actions taken by the General Assembly during the primary and now in anticipation of the General Election regarding No Excuse Absentee Voting, along with other measures.  We regret that waiver of the witness signature on the ballot envelope requirement was not also adopted.  Securing witness signatures forces many seniors and others vulnerable to contracting Covid-19 to interact with others and through that exposure threaten their health and safety.  Further, the Election Commission specifically asked the legislature to remove the witness signature requirement for this election, since it is unverifiable and unnecessarily results in ballots being uncounted.  We believe the failure to waive the envelope signature requirement was a missed opportunity for the S.C. General Assembly to proactively further protect South Carolina voters and promote fuller and safer voter access.”

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