State ACLU Suing Over Voter Witness Requirement

Suit Says Keeping Requirement Could Disenfranchise Voters

April 17, 2020 - 3:46 pm

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


(RICHMOND, Va.) -- The state ACLU has field a suit challenging the state's witness requirement for voting.

In order to vote absentee in Virginia, a voter must open an envelope containing a ballot in front of another person, fill out the ballot and then have the witness sign it before it's mailed back.

The ACLU is asking the court to block the state from enforcing that because they say that it would put absentee voters at risk, especially during a time when social distancing guidelines need to be adhered to.

The ACLU argues that this requirement would disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters in the state who can't risk contact with other individuals. 

Virginia is one of 11 state that has this requirement. The suit was filed on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Virginia and several individuals.