Massachusetts Supreme Court Rejects GOP Push to Restrict Mail-in Voting

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The Massachusetts Supreme Court has rejected an effort from state Republican lawmakers to restrict mail-in voting measures. The move effectively allows every voter to submit mail-in ballots in the September primary without requiring an excuse.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The court rejected the GOP lawmakers’ arguments, ruling that the party failed “to articulate a single plausible claim that anything in the VOTES Act poses a threat to secure voting” and that its efforts to restrict mail-in voting amounted to nothing more than “scaremongering,” according to the 87-page decision. Republicans had tried to overturn the VOTES Act, which made mail-in voting permanent in the state, arguing it made elections susceptible to fraud.

“Today’s decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court means that voters will be able to rely on the provisions of the VOTES Act in the upcoming elections. This is a big win for voting rights in Massachusetts,” Geoff Foster, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, said.

The VOTES Act, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in June, also expands early voting options for both the primary and general elections, ratifying election changes made in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic that saw record voter turnout. After being signed into law, election officials began preparing more than 4.7 million ballot applications to send to voters at the end of July before the primary in September.

Monday’s ruling upholds those changes, allowing millions of voters to cast their mail-in ballots once early voting for the primary election begins in late August. The court released a partial ruling on Monday to address the challenge before September’s primary election contest. A “full opinion explaining the court’s reasoning” will be released before the general election in November.

The ruling is the latest decision in a string of legal challenges from Republican lawmakers seeking to restrict mail-in voting access.



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D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago

Let every vote count.

BikerEd
BikerEd
4 months ago

…twice if necessary and don’t forget to count your dead and non-citizen votes too!

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

Surely, you meant to say, “let every legal vote count”. We do not need a repeat of 2020 whereby Dominion voting software changed the votes from one candidate (Trump) and gave them to another candidate (Biden). There must be an audit of every voting prescient to ensure only legal votes are counted. We do not need to flood the country with ballots whereby many people vote more than once.

John P. Axehandle Jr.
John P. Axehandle Jr.
4 months ago

Every vote cast by an AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO IS REGISTERED TO VOTE! Not that bunch of Federal Law Breakers invading our country like Biden wants.

AuntieLynn11
AuntieLynn11
4 months ago

Again, we will have more ballots than voters. Trump/DeSantis-2024!! Or sooner, if possible…

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  AuntieLynn11

Never going to happen. He’s too right wing.

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

And you are too left-wing.

John P. Axehandle Jr.
John P. Axehandle Jr.
4 months ago
Reply to  AuntieLynn11

You might have a good idea. I feel either one would make a good president and the other, no matter which one would make a good vice president. We need two people willing to fight!

Dan
Dan
4 months ago

Is this a Chinese court?

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

Who cares what Massachusetts does.Their voters LOVE getting robbed by their government. Let them slither in it.

SteveB
SteveB
4 months ago

And leaves the gate open for more cheating!

Ronald Lewis
Ronald Lewis
4 months ago
Reply to  SteveB

Hope the gas prices in Massachusetts goes to $10 a gallon and food prices continue to accelerate in that God forsaken state.

Deplorable Lanie
Deplorable Lanie
4 months ago

Now, sit back and watch as the Democrats start winning in areas that they have NEVER won in before! Kinda like the dementia riddled old fool who never left his basement, and couldn’t fill a small high school gym for a speech, somehow miraculously garnered 81M votes. Yeah, just like that!

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago

Yep, just like that

John P. Axehandle Jr.
John P. Axehandle Jr.
4 months ago

As much as I hate to even think it, that’s the reason I don’t think Donald Trump has a Chinaman’s chance.

Richard Hennessy
Richard Hennessy
4 months ago

I don’t know that election fraud matters much in Mass. That state is hopelessly leftist, dominated by big city cesspool Boston.

dslady
dslady
4 months ago

I suppose we can’t expect honest investigation into the conditions currently in this country by people who aren’t accustomed to truly delving into issues without the Fake Media, Fake News, Fake everything pushed by the left. Massachusetts was very involved in the inception of America, our Constitution, and all the documents our Founding Fathers wrote. Please,citizens of Massachusetts, read those documents and look into the lives of those men from Massachusetts who risked their very lives to form this free country and then cast your vote for America to continue to be free with our citizens not controlled by an evil leaders who seem to have no conscience or morals at all.

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  dslady

Mainstream media that’s licensed by the FCC can’t lie. Try watching the networks and get the facts since their news departments can’t lie to the public or their affiliates will lose their license to broadcast. It’s in the Federal Communications Act of 1934. It’s their requirement to “Broadcast In The Public Interest”.

Ronald Lewis
Ronald Lewis
4 months ago

Talking like Biden now. Hope dementia doesn’t take you over, Oh, sorry, it already has.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

If they can’t cheat,they can’t win. We’ll still beat them into the ground.

Nancy Portia Barberis
Nancy Portia Barberis
4 months ago

cheaters usually losr more than their arses

Nyghtmyst
Nyghtmyst
4 months ago

Ahh yes the apitame of the deep state they tried to steal Dr sShiva election but he was on to there bull shit and won with a write in campaign they been melding in NH policitisas well that is fact the state of MA needs to be doushed period

jerry
jerry
4 months ago

If the state can prove it’s a federal issue, and it should be in my opinion it can be taken up to the highest federal court of the land!!

Old Goat
Old Goat
4 months ago

We could expect less from the MA courts but somehow like the voters that live there they never fail to meet our lowest expectations.

Gjohn
4 months ago

Some courts, the fbi, doj are all corrupt. This needs to be stopped or we lost our country.. the only way the dems can win is if they cheat. These corrupt courts have to stop the lying, cheating, corruption. These so called judges have no business on the bench if they can’t be fair

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  Gjohn

Too bad you don’t like their decisions, but the problem is YOU

patricia
4 months ago

So now this will be won by cheating?!!

Karen
Karen
4 months ago

I am a Mass resident and I want to go to the poll, show my ID and vote legally on election day. There are a lot of people just like me in this state and we are getting REALLY fed up with the b.s. crap going on. Wake up Mass voters – our elections are being stolen.

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Only morons still believe the election was stolen. That’s you. Try watching the January 6th House hearings and find out about the Big Lie.

Gjohn
4 months ago

I must be a moron, the election was stolen and there is a lot of proof out there if we had honest people to look into it. A few things that they should look into. Pa sent out 1.8 million mail in ballots how come they got back 2.5 million mail in ballots, where did they come from and who filled them out. AZ order 1 million mail in ballots with no env. Days before the election. You filled those out and why were they counted
Wi had 115 thousand people vote over 115 years of age. Shit like this was going on all over, you know it, I know it , the whole world knows it. So tell me who the moran is.

Alonzo
Alonzo
4 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Yes, Two can play the game of who can stuff the most votiting boxes ?

Bobby Myrick
Bobby Myrick
4 months ago

One vote away from a dictatorship.

Ed D.
Ed D.
4 months ago

Let’s see if the feckless rinos take this to the SC!

Nita
4 months ago

They want to be sure they have the ability to get every vote
they need for what ever position they need.They are not
fooling anyone. Do not dorget the ballot harvesting also.

Valkyrie
Valkyrie
4 months ago

It is a proven fact that mail in voting for everyone other then those who are invalids or those in the armed forces is an open door for fraudulent results. Fact!!!

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  Valkyrie

How come mail-in ballots have been used for decades. Catch uip.

Gjohn
4 months ago

You don’t seem to smart but if you are right can you tell me why pa sent out 1.8 million mail in ballots but some how got back 2.5 million mail in ballots or why did AZ order 1 million mail in ballots with no env. Days before the election and why they were all filled out, who filled them out, they were not sent out but some how they were filled out and counted. And there was 11 different kinds of paper when only 1 was the right one. Wi had 115 thousand people vote over 115 years of age. Shit like this was going on all over and if you can’t see it you are brain washed or a stupid fool..one more thing my dad has been voting the last 20 years for the dems, but he as been dead for 30 years and he never voted for the dems.

Valkyrie
Valkyrie
4 months ago

They have, but only for those people I listed.

Ed smith
Ed smith
4 months ago

then republicans need to be right beside ballot boxes recording all who vote24/7

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed smith

The state counts the votes and then certifies the willning candidate.You still believe in the Big Lie, don’t you?

Rick
Rick
4 months ago

More communist bullsh*t from taxachusettes

Tom Belmont
Tom Belmont
4 months ago

Judge defies US Constitution. One day vote. US citizen. Electors by State Legislature only.

John Grychak
John Grychak
4 months ago

IT FIGURES THAT THIS, (WHAT HAS BECOME A HORRIBLE ANTI-AMERICAN STATE) MASSACHUSETTS WOULD BE THE ONE TOGO AGAINST FAIR VOTING REGULATIONS. DROP BOXES SHOULD BE ILLEGAL, ABOLISHED IN EVERY STATE. AND…I’M SORRY TO SAY I “WAS” A CITIZEN OF THIS TERRIBLE ANTI-AMERICAN STATE.

John P. Axehandle Jr.
John P. Axehandle Jr.
4 months ago
Reply to  John Grychak

Right! And it’s a real shame because there’s so much history there from back when people who lived in Massachusetts were REAL Americans and not a bunch of COMMUNISTS.

Richard
Richard
4 months ago
Reply to  John Grychak

Hard to believe this was the state where the American revolution began….now it’s the ‘crucible of Communism ‘ in the USA!

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  John Grychak

They don’t miss a moron like you

Frank W Brown
Frank W Brown
4 months ago

Our elections are quickly becoming FRAUD FACTORYS !! Whatever happened to VOTING DAY being the day of election, NOT 6 weeks BEFORE and NOT infinity AFTER! ELECTION DAY is NO LONGER ELECTION DAY!!!!

D. Richard Tonge
D. Richard Tonge
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank W Brown

Shouldn’t every vote count or are you a Communist?

James
James
4 months ago

Election fraud begins.

Jose A Castillo
Jose A Castillo
4 months ago

The governor of Massachusetts is a disgrace for the Republican party. He is more democrat than Biden.

chei
chei
4 months ago

i guess they believe in cheating

Ronald Lewis
Ronald Lewis
4 months ago

Just another corrupt court

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