The Republican Party argued in its filing to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who will review the request, that the pandemic isn’t won’t prevent voters from getting signatures from others.
“Rhode Island gives voters nearly a month to find two witnesses or one notary. That task is not unusually difficult— certainly no more difficult than getting a photo ID,” the party’s filing stated.
“Witnesses can be family, friends, coworkers, congregants, teachers, waiters, bartenders, gymgoers, neighbors, grocers, and more. And every bank, credit union, UPS, and FedEx has a notary.”
The Republicans have asked the Supreme Court to halt the lower court’s decision before Wednesday, because Rhode Island will begin mailing absentee ballots for its primary in September to residents on Thursday.
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