“Federal Judge Strikes Down N.H.’s ‘Signature Mismatch’ Absentee Voting Law”

NHPR on a very important election administration decision:

A federal judge has struck down a New hampshire law that allows pollworkers to toss out absentee ballots if they don’t believe the signature adequately matches the one used on other voting paperwork.

In a ruling issued Tuesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Landya McCafferty said “the current process for rejecting voters due to a signature mismatch fails to guarantee basic fairness,” because it gives moderators “sole, unreviewable discretion” to discard absentee ballots.

“It cannot be emphasized enough that the consequence of a moderator’s decision — disenfranchisement — is irremediable,” Judge McCafferty wrote.

 

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