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Miss. Supreme Court denies absentee ballots for COVID concerns

Voting rights groups are asking a federal judge to temporarily lift some limitations in Mississippi’s absentee voting process.
Voting rights groups are asking a federal judge to temporarily lift some limitations in Mississippi’s absentee voting process.(WDBJ7)
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 10:55 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi Supreme Court made a final ruling over absentee ballots Friday. Voting rights groups sought to lift some restrictions over absentee balloting due to COVID-19 concerns.

A temporary or permanent disability is one reason Mississippi allows an absentee ballot to be cast. In July, the Mississippi Legislature added a physician-imposed quarantine from COVID-19 as a “temporary physical disability.”

The wording of this addition was challenged to include recommended quarantines from doctors, rather than just physician-imposed.

However, the other challenges were denied.

A request for any voter to submit an absentee ballot to avoid public gatherings was denied.

The Supreme Court will not allow people without a pre-existing condition or a physician-recommended quarantine notice to qualify for an absentee ballot.

The court ruled that pre-existing conditions that may make someone a larger risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 will qualify as a “physical disability.”

The Mississippi Supreme Court also stated in its ruling that it would not allow a motion for rehearing, due to the impending absentee ballot deadlines.

Read the court’s ruling below:

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