Most would agree that this current political season is a bit different from most previous times as the global pandemic must be considered.  There is a threat of contracting the virus and being too sick to make it to the polls as well as the attempt by many to avoid large crowds and only leave home as necessary.

This undoubtedly changed the political scene as absentee voting has increased with many government entities accommodating its citizens. Even here in Tuscaloosa County, in-person absentee voting is taking place at the Board of Registrars during normal business hours but also on Saturday, October 24 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.

There have also been measures to include curbside voting this year, which was banned in the state of Alabama.  An appeal was made to the US Supreme Court, which granted a stay in the case.

As a result, the League of Women Voters of Alabama filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs.

According to a press release from the organization, Barbara Caddell, the president of the League of Women Voters of Alabama issued this statement in response to the Court’s decision:

“With no ballot drop boxes, limited absentee voting, a two-witness absentee ballot requirement, and very limited early voting, Alabama makes voting more difficult than it should be. Curbside voting would have been a simple way to make voting more accessible for our most vulnerable voters. Alabama voters have endured so much back and forth on our voting laws for months, and many had already intended to rely on curbside voting for this election.

“The Court’s decision is deeply disappointing as senior voters and voters with disabilities plan to head to the polls during a deadly pandemic. Alabama’s ban on curbside voting erects yet another needless barrier to fair, safe voting access less than two weeks before Election Day.

“Voters are ready and eager to make their voices heard in this election, and the League will continue to do everything we can to empower them to do so.”

Curbside voting is done in many other states, which were used as examples for why it would work in Alabama.  However, state government decided it would not be good for our state, a right that leadership has to make as it's the reason for having states' rights. Each state decides what's best for its people.

What are your thoughts?  Should Alabama allow curbside voting, or would it increase the instances of voter fraud?

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