Witness Mandates Vex Some New Mail-In Voters In Key States

Sep 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing millions of American voters worried about their health to scramble to vote by mail for the first time. But a requirement in a handful of states, including presidential battleground North Carolina and Wisconsin, that a witness or notary public sign a ballot envelope is tripping up some voters early. That’s worrying voting rights advocates weeks before an unprecedented election. The requirement contrasts with the five all-mail voting states in the West where there's no such witness mandate. The requirement has been the focus of litigation in Wisconsin, North Carolina and other states this year.