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Title "Baker v. Thurston"
Date September 1, 2020
Author Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project
Author Institution Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Abstract Plaintiffs (Arkansas residents) filed suit against Arkansas Sec. of State challenging the State's limitations on eligibility to vote absentee. Arkansas law permits absentee voting only by those who fall into one of four statutorily defined categories: (i) “Any person who will be unavoidably absent from his or her voting place on the day of the election”; (ii) “Any person who will be unable to attend the polls on election day because of illness or physical disability”; (iii) “A member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member away from polling location due to the member’s active duty status”; (iv) “A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the US”. Plaintiffs asked the Court to (1) issue a declaratory judgment finding that AR law allows for any excuse for voting absentee; (2) issue a declaratory judgment finding that AR law allows fear of contracting COVID-19 as a valid excuse for voting absentee; and/or (3) enjoin AR's limitations on eligibility to vote absentee and declare those limitations unconstitutional.
Source Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

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