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The Republican Party has pushed to reign mail-in voting back in, after the practice surged during the 2020 presidential election due to exceptions made for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citing security concerns, 18 states have re-passed limits on mail-in voting following the aftermath of the election, when the results became highly contested with many, including former President Donald Trump, becoming suspicious of potential voter fraud. Different restrictions on mail-in ballots include requiring extra identification requirements and shortening the window in which the votes can be cast, reported Reuters.
In the meantime, 22 states have expanded mail-in voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice and Voting Rights Lab.
The most recent state to rule in favor of the GOP’s efforts to secure the voting system is Wisconsin, with a judge on Wednesday ruling that state law does not allow election clerks to fill in missing information on witness certification envelopes that contain absentee ballots, reported WEAU.
The lawsuit that challenged the practice of local election officials modifying absentee ballot certificates, backed by the Republican-controlled state legislature, is the latest move by the party to tighten restrictions on voting by mail in the swing state where Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is on the ballot this November. In August, Gov. Evers vetoed legislation that would have put the same restrictions against election officials.
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