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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 01:52 PM

Supreme Court Blocks Drive Up, Curbside Voting For People w Disabilities, Hi Covid Risk In AL

NPR, 'Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting In Alabama, An Option During Pandemic.' October 21, 2020.

The Supreme Court has sided with Alabama state officials who banned curbside voting intended to accommodate individuals with disabilities and those at risk from the COVID-19 virus. The high court issued its order Wednesday night, without explanation, over the dissent of the court's three liberal justices. At issue was the decision by the Alabama secretary of state to ban counties from allowing curbside voting, even for those voters with disabilities and those for whom COVID-19 is disproportionately likely to be fatal.

Several at-risk voters challenged the ban at the beginning of May. After a three-day trial, a federal district court ruled that the ban on curbside voting violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that a policy allowing but not requiring counties to implement curbside voting was a reasonable accommodation under the law.

A federal appeals court upheld the ruling, and the state appealed to the Supreme Court to block the lower court decision from going into effect. Now the high court has granted the state's request for a stay of the lower court orders. Some counties in Alabama wanted to permit curbside voting allowing voters to vote from their cars at the curbside of the polling place and to hand their ballots to a poll worker.
> Jefferson and Montgomery counties sought to allow curbside voting so that vulnerable voters who wished to vote in person would not have to wait inside in a crowd of fellow voters whom Alabama does not require to wear masks.

But the secretary of state's ban prevented this accommodation, and the Supreme Court's five-justice conservative majority has, for now, sided with the secretary of state.

Dissenting from the high court's action were Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.

.. In addition, she [Sotomayor] noted, curbside voting has been recommended by the CDC during the pandemic, and the Justice Department has approved it as well as a way to prevent violations of the ADA. Sotomayor concluded the dissenting opinion by pointing to one of the plaintiffs in the case, Howard Porter Jr, a black man in his 70s who suffers from Parkinson's disease and asthma. In challenging the ban on curbside voting, Porter told the district court: So "many of my [ancestors] even died to vote. And while I don't mind dying to vote, I think we're past that time."...

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/21/926472968/supreme-court-blocks-curbside-voting-in-alabama-an-option-during-pandemic

~ Many of these residents, seniors on SS and the disabled lean Democratic in voting as well.

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NoMoreRepugs Oct 22 #1
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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 01:56 PM

1. A preview of the next 20 years from our RePutinican Supreme's if JB decides not to expand the court.

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Response to NoMoreRepugs (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:02 PM

2. The court must be balanced, our democracy depends on it

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:34 PM

4. Agree a bazillion %.

I do appreciate JB being canny about what he may or may not do - nothing for Faux or HateRadio to harp on.

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Response to NoMoreRepugs (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:47 PM

6. I hear you, Biden is so wise that way.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:04 PM

3. Heartless. Fear the government that fears your vote.

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Thu Oct 22, 2020, 02:45 PM

5. Majority opinion gave NO explanation.

These people make me sick to my stomach.

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