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Tue Oct 13, 2020, 05:38 AM

Alaska absentee witness requirements scrapped for election

https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-election-2020-alaska-general-elections-elections-89b6d25440086c7c7b8f95c55ff25a35

Alaska absentee witness requirements scrapped for election

By BECKY BOHRER
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling eliminating witness requirements for absentee ballots for the general election.

The brief decision followed arguments in the case earlier in the day. A full opinion is expected later.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby ruled enforcement of the witness requirements during the coronavirus pandemic “impermissibly burdens the right to vote.” She waited to put the order into effect, to allow the Supreme Court to weigh in.

The two sides in the matter had agreed to a stay pending Supreme Court review, with the understanding the Division of Elections would make preparations to carry out the order should the state lose the case.

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