Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a bill banning curbside voting in Alabama, formally putting the Secretary of State’s interpretation of the practice into law.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Wes Allen, R-Troy, passed the House of Representatives 74 to 25 on March 18 and the Senate 25 to 6 on May 17, after several attempts by Democrats to run out the clock on the legislation.
Allen’s bill bans the placement of voting machines outside of polling places and the transportation of ballots into or out of voting areas except in establish pre- and post-election voting procedures. Supporters of the legislation said it would ensure ballot security; opponents said it would make it more difficult to vote, particularly for individuals with physical disabilities.
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Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has interpreted state law as banning curbside voting. Civil rights groups representing individuals with disabilities and those vulnerable to COVID sued the state last year over the ban and voter ID requirements, arguing that they made them more vulnerable to the disease. A lower federal court sided with the plaintiffs and blocked the measures, but the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately sided with the state, without giving a reason.
No major problems were reported with Alabama voting last year.
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