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South Carolina federal judge ruled that signatures on file don’t have to match absentee ballots.

In South Carolina, a federal judge ordered that local election boards cannot reject voters absentee ballots based on mismatched signatures.

In South Carolina, a federal judge ordered that local election boards cannot reject voters absentee ballots based on mismatched signatures.The 2020 United States presidential election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. It will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election. In turn, voters will select presidential electors who will vote on December 14, 2020, to either elect a new president and vice president.

On October 27, 2020, federal US District Judge Richard Gergel of Charleston ruled that county election bodies cannot reject absentee and mail-in ballots due to signature mismatch and must review and reprocess previously rejected ballots for the upcoming general election. The ruling also clarified that if any counties wishing to continue the matching signatures on absentee ballots, they must seek the court's approval first.

The judgment came in after a recent survey by the South Carolina State Election Commission discovered a handful of county election boards were conducting signature matching on ballots. However, the state has no laws, rules, or regulations on the practice. The decision was welcomed by the League of Women Voters(LWV) of South Carolina, which, together with The Family Unit Inc. and other state voters, filed a lawsuit to prevent the practice.

The suit sought a permanent procedure for elections officials to notify voters and allow them to fix ballots with signature issues.

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