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Alabama and its governor, Kay Ivey, are the latest target of a lawsuit seeking to ease the rules governing absentee ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Alabama latest target of lawsuit seeking to ease election rules

The League of Women Voters has sued Alabama to ease the rules governing absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit, filed in state court in Montgomery on Thursday, claims Secretary of State John Merrill did not go far enough in March, when he waived strict excuse requirements for voting absentee — but only for primary runoffs that were then postponed to July 14.

The suit joins dozens filed in state and federal courts, in almost a score of states across the country, by voting and civil rights groups that want more people to be able to vote by mail so they don't have to risk their health by voting in person.

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Missouri mail-in curbs head to state's top court as governor mulls exemption

The Missouri Supreme Court will review the state's limitations on voting by mail, among the strictest being enforced in the country this spring, in case the governor rejects legislation relaxing the rules.

The appeal comes after a trial court judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to make absentee ballots available to everyone in the state starting with the Aug. 4 primary.

Exposure to the coronavirus should be reason enough to vote by mail, and the state's rebuffing of that valid excuse during the pandemic is unconstitutional, the suit maintains. It's the same argument being made by voting rights groups hoping to force relaxation of excuse requirements in the remaining handful of states that have not done so voluntarily: Texas, most prominently, plus, Tennessee, Mississippi and Connecticut.

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