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State appeals to Alaska Supreme Court in ballot witness case

The state is asking the Alaska Supreme Court to reverse a decision that seeks to eliminate witness requirements for absentee ballots. Superior Court Judge Dani Crosby ruled enforcement of the requirements during a pandemic “impermissibly burdens the right to vote” but did not immediately put into effect an order eliminating the requirement for the general election. She gave the parties until Tuesday to propose how the Division of Elections should communicate the message and said she would later issue an order “specifying how to implement elimination” of the requirement for the election. Crosby noted the state might appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court, which happened Tuesday.

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