Following the 2020 election, there is now a heated debate about drop boxes and mail-in ballots.
The pandemic-related mail-in processes that were implemented rapidly sparked numerous charges of fraud and abuse.
Since the election, liberal states have embraced more open voting, while conservative governments have made an effort to enact moral criteria, such as controls on the integrity and ballot-counting procedures.
States are now taking action to halt any compromising of their state’s electoral system’s integrity.
Republicans launched a lawsuit last week to invalidate Pennsylvania’s contentious mail-in voting law.
“The suit, filed Wednesday by 14 state Republican lawmakers, contends that the court must invalidate the law because of a provision written into it that says it is “void” if any of its requirements are struck down in court.
The lawsuit says the non-severability provision was triggered in a May 20 decision by a panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning mail-in ballots in a Lehigh County judicial race from last November,” accodring to Fox News.
“The ballots in question lacked handwritten dates on the return envelopes, as required in the law.
In the decision, the panel found that a handwritten date has no bearing on a voter’s eligibility and said it would violate voters’ civil rights to throw out their ballots in that election simply because they lacked a handwritten date.
The panel also pointed out that ballots with incorrect dates had been counted in that election. An appeal by the Republican candidate in the race is pending to the U.S. Supreme Court,” according to the report.
In a different situation, Pennsylvania’s 2019 mail-in voting statute has been a major topic on the campaign trail for Republicans. Republican gubernatorial hopeful Doug Mastriano has promised to overturn it if he wins.
In addition, Pennsylvania lawmakers made another move toward improving election integrity in advance of the anticipated hotly contested November elections.
Election-related use of private funds by public officials is prohibited by the Commonwealth.
By outlawing the use of the majority of the ballot drop boxes, which were widely used in the 2020 elections, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck a blow to the Democrats last month.
A judge in Arizona rejected a Republican request around the same time to prevent the state from implementing “no excuse” mail-in voting in November’s important midterm elections.
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Republican plaintiffs argued the Arizona state constitution described voting as taking place at the polls, not via mail, but Mohave County Superior Judge Lee Jantzen maintained nothing in the state constitution prohibited no-excuse mail-in voting, which allows voters to utilize an absentee ballot without giving a reason.
Arizona has allowed “no-excuse mail-in voting” since the early 1990s, whereas many other states require voters to have a valid reason such as medical conditions to be eligible. Arizona has one of the highest usages of mail-in ballots in the country, and Republicans are attempting to clean it up.