The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a South Carolina law requiring a witness’s signature on a ballot mailed.
The Supreme Court upheld a motion by a number of Republicans and suspended a lower court decision that blocked the need for a witness’s signature. The court ruling states that no signature should be on the ballots already sent.
The law was initially challenged by a group of Democratic voters and the State Democratic Party, who argued that requiring a witness’s signature would endanger people during a pandemic and could reduce the number of voters.
State Republicans, including South Carolina electoral commissioners, have asked the Supreme Court to allow the law to go into effect ahead of the November 3 vote after the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling banning the rule on September 18.
About 150,000 ballots were sent to voters in South Carolina.
Mail-order voting has long been a part of the American election, and mail-order ballots are expected to be widely used during the pandemic as voters seek to avoid election day queues and crowds at polling stations.
President Trump has repeatedly criticized the transparency of the mail-order. He made a number of unsubstantiated claims that mail ballots were vulnerable to fraud and suggested that their use would lead to “election fraud”.