Witness signature now required on SC mail-in ballots

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that witness signatures will be required on mail-in absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.

The ruling reverses the September 19 ruling of a lower court, which suspended the witness requirement for the General Election due to the pandemic.

The State Election Commission says that it will continue to provide updates on any changes.

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson released a statement in support of the opinion, saying “this is a victory for state’s rights and the rule of law.”

State Senate President Harvey Peeler also commented, saying “I am pleased that the US Court of Appeals stopped Judge Childs’ order. I appreciate the fact the Court agrees with the SC General Assembly that we have protected the voter and the vote in the November election.”

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