The Alaska Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that waives the witness requirement for Alaskans who submit absentee ballots.
The state’s Supreme Court issued a brief decision on Monday after hearing arguments in the case, which was brought forward by the Arctic Village Council, two individuals, and the League of Women Voters of Alaska, according to the Associated Press.
The ruling means that voters will no longer be required to have a witness over the age of 18 to confirm their vote. The decision comes 22 days before the general election. More than 110,000 absentee ballots have been sent out across the Last Frontier, and about 11,000 of those have already been returned, according to the state’s Division of Elections.
The state of Alaska argued in favor of keeping the ballot witness requirement, with attorney Laura Fox arguing that the sudden rule change after voting has already commenced could “cause confusion and distrust.”
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