Trump voted early at a precinct in West Palm Beach, Florida, near his Mar-a-Lago estate and club. Many other states already do this with no problems.
The county election boards, therefore, can not reject absentee or mail-in ballots based on signature comparisons either by county officials or by third-party challenges.
Benjamin Graff, center, and his son Jacob Graff, 19, drop off their mail-in ballots for the Pennsylvania primary, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
It complains that Arkansas Code Annotated 7-5-416, known as the Absentee Ballot Statute, violates the Arkansas Constitution by creating a timeline that is impossible to comply with without disenfranchising voters whose ballots were received on time and that would otherwise be valid.
In a dissenting opinion, however, Justice Joseph Jabar wrote that the court "cannot ignore the untenable position in which ME voters find themselves by having to exercise their constitutional right to cast an absentee vote in the middle of a deadly pandemic". "The election day deadline for the receipt of mail-in absentee ballots is unconstitutional "as applied" during a once-in-a-lifetime deadly pandemic".
The state's top election official, Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, as well as the Democratic Party and the liberal-leaning Alliance for Retired Americans had sought the extension.
It's not too late to apply for an absentee ballot (request it by next Tues, 10/27).
Once all the inner envelopes containing ballots have been placed in the ballot box, the box is to be shaken thoroughly to mix the ballots, and, "the ballots shall be opened and the ballots canvassed and counted", the lawsuit states, quoting the law.
Dropboxes will be open for ballots until polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
According to New York Times state politics reporter Luis Ferré-Sadurní the aim of early voting is to increase voter turnout and avoid long lines on Election Day, especially given the pandemic and predictions of a high-voter turnout.
"The public interest favors adhering to the rules for the election established by the General Assembly and in place when voting began", they said in an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court.