“Supreme Court declines to decide if vote-by-mail restrictions discriminate in some states”

USA Today:

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide if states that automatically let senior citizens vote by mail must let younger voters do the same, an issue that could affect millions of voters…..

Seven states – Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee – allow older voters to request an absentee ballot for any reason but let others do so only under certain circumstances.  

The court on Monday rejected a challenge to these rules brought by three voters in Texas, just as it rejected a similar challenge in 2021 to Indiana’s voting rules. It also twice declined to hear earlier versions of the Texas suit brought by the Texas Democratic Party during the pandemic.

The challengers argued that the unequal treatment of voters is age-based discrimination prohibited by the 26th Amendment.

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“How R.F.K. Jr. Got on the Michigan Ballot, With Only Two Votes”

Interesting story from the N.Y Times on how RFK, Jr. became the nominee of the Natural Law Party, which has retained ballot access under Michigan law. In my judgment, it would be helpful if stories like these explained to readers that the problem with the current system is not ballot access for minor-party candidates but the lack of a runoff mechanism (or ranked choice voting) that would require candidates to receive a majority of the vote. Or, to put the point sometime differently, the media could explain the inconsistency between (1) the idea of having a “two-party system” and (2) laws that permit third-party and independent candidates ballot access. On this issue, it’s impossible to “have your cake and eat it too”–and yet that’s how American repeatedly attempts to conduct its elections, because because there has been no civics education to explain this to the citizenry.

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