Delaware State Court Ruling Strikes Down ‘Mail-In Ballots’ & Same-Day Registration Ahead of Midterm Elections
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled on Friday that mail-in voting is unconstitutional in the state. Delaware Live reported on the development:
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Delaware has ruled the state’s mail-in voting and same-day voter registration statutes unconstitutional.
Neither will be allowed in the Nov. 8 general election.
The ruling, which came just one day after oral arguments, is a major defeat for Gov. John Carney and Delaware Democrats.
In an abbreviated order, the court said the vote-by-mail statute “impermissibly expands the categories of absentee voters identified in Article V, Section 4A of the Delaware Constitution.”
As for the same-day registration statute, the court said it conflicts with Article V, Section 4 of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court published its decision in a 3-page abbreviated order so as to allow as much time as possible for election officials and voters to communicate and understand changes to the upcoming election.
Traditional absentee voting is not affected by the court’s decision.
This is a major win for election integrity and the rule of law.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, twenty-seven states have “no excuse” absentee mail-in voting months ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Eight states conduct elections entirely by mail: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington).
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