U.S. Supreme Court rules Rhode Island residents can vote by mail without witnesses - UPI.com

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Summary generated on August 13, 2020

    The Republican National Committee sued about Rhode Island's rule change, which came in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Aug. 13 - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of Rhode Island's decision to allow residents to vote by mail without witnesses observing them.

    The 6-3 ruling was a blow to the Republican National Committee, which sued to halt the change in the state's rules, which previously stated that all absentee ballots must be filled out in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public.

    The Republican Party of Rhode Island said it was disappointed in the Supreme Court's ruling, which upheld lower courts' decisions that sided with the state's change.

    Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea praised the ruling, saying it allows voters to both maintain their health and more easily participate in the election process.