Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting In Alabama, An Option During Pandemic

The Supreme Court has sided with Alabama state officials who banned curbside voting. The curbside accommodation was intended for individuals with disabilities and those at risk from the COVID-19 virus. The high court issued its order last Wednesday, without explanation, over the dissent of the court's three liberal justices.

Several at-risk voters challenged the ban at the beginning of May. A federal district court ruled that the ban on curbside voting violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that a policy allowing but not requiring counties to implement curbside voting was a reasonable accommodation under the law. A federal appeals court upheld that ruling, but the high court has now granted the state's request for a stay of the lower court orders. Now, even those counties that wanted to allow curbside voting will not be able to do so.

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