North Carolina Republicans were dealt a blow –and a win– Wednesday after a federal judge ruled absentee ballots must have a witness signature while also upholding an extended deadline for accepting absentee ballots received after Election Day as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.
In a compromise decision, Judge William Osteen ordered state officials to revise a directive issued Sept. 22 that let voters fix a lack of witness signature by signing an affidavit that confirmed they filled the ballot out, according to the Associated Press (AP). This directive prevented voters from having to fill out an entirely new ballot.
Osteen ruled ballots must have signatures, but added that fixing small errors like an incomplete address of the witness or a signature in the wrong place is permitted, per the same report.
Republican state Senator Phil Berger said Osteen made the right decision, according to Reuters.
“Judge Osteen was right to stop the … elimination of the absentee ballot witness requirement,” Berger said. (RELATED: Mail Voting Begins As North Carolina Sends Out Absentee Ballots)
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