Throughout the 2020 election campaign cycle, President Donald Trump has attacked efforts to expand mail-in voting during a global pandemic as “fraud” and “cheating.” The GOP has backed him up, arguing in court cases that he’s right. However, judge after judge has determined that there is no proof of this, and the latest is in Michigan.
In Michigan, Judge Cynthia Stephens ruled that attempts to restrict the vote in Michigan are unconstitutional. Striking down the GOP argument against it, the judge ruled that every mail-in ballot that is postmarked before Election Day and arriving by the Friday after Election Day must be counted. That’s a decision that could significantly affect the election in 2020.
In the judge’s written decision, it says:
‘The general counsel for the United States Postal Service acknowledged that the law in this state, namely the ballot receipt deadline, posed a significant risk of disenfranchisement because of current mail processing. Given the documented increase in absent ballot requests, the risks of disenfranchisement are projected to rise with respect to the November 2020 general election.’
Further, the judge ruled that voters can choose for themselves who can assist them in casting their ballots during the pandemic. To do otherwise, she said, would potentially disenfranchise voters who need to limit their exposure to others while COVID-19 continues to spread across the country.
Twitter celebrated the decision, as well as the many other decisions made by the courts in recent days to protect American’s right to vote. Read some of their comments below: