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Whether Requiring Postage for a Mailed Ballot Is an Unconstitutional Poll Tax

Robert Timothy Reagan
September 21, 2020
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Black Voters Matter Fund v. Raffensperger (Amy Totenberg, N.D. Ga. 1:20-cv-1489)
In light of widespread absentee voting by mail during the 2020 global COVID-19 infectious pandemic, a federal complaint alleged that requiring voters to pay the postage was an unconstitutional poll tax. The district judge denied relief for an imminent primary election for practical reasons. After careful consideration of the law and the facts, the judge ultimately decided that absentee ballot postage is not a poll tax.
Subject: Absentee and early voting. Topics: COVID-19; absentee ballots; class action; primary election.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.