President Trump — who has warned repeatedly of voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election — got a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court, which restored a South Carolina requirement that absentee ballots be signed by a witness.
Democrats had sought to have the requirement put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Republicans defend it as necessary in preventing fraud, Fox News reported.
A lower South Carolina court had ruled that the state was wrong to retain the witness signature requirement during the outbreak.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the requirement, but the full appeals court put it on hold again, according to CBS News.
On Monday, the Supreme Court granted a temporary stay of the ruling – saying that any ballots cast before its action “and received within two days of this order may not be rejected for failing to comply with the witness requirement.”
State GOP Chairman Drew McKissick cheered the decision.
“Despite the Democrats’ efforts to hijack a pandemic and use it to meddle with our election laws, they’ve lost,” he said in a statement, according to Fox News.
“We’re pleased the Supreme Court reinstated the witness signature requirement and recognized its importance in helping to prevent election fraud,” he added.
State Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson said in a statement: “Our hope is that no one gets COVID-19 trying to find a witness. We are disappointed but elections have consequences.”
According to South Carolina’s election commission, over 200,000 absentee ballots have been mailed and 18,000 returned so far.
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