Lawsuit seeks early, easier voting during COVID-19 pandemic

May 29, 2020


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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit is seeking to ease Alabama’s restrictions on absentee ballots and in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The League of Women Voters of Alabama and eight voters over age 60 filed the lawsuit against Secretary of State John Merrill and others. It asks that public officials use their emergency powers to ease restrictions during the pandemic.

The lawsuit asks to allow “no excuse” absentee voting in the fall election, waive photo identification and witness requirements for absentee ballots and to adopt early voting and other safeguards for in-person voting. Merrill responded that he believes the state is taking adequate precautions.