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The Legal Examiner
October 13, 2020

Coronavirus leads to outbreak in voting litigation
By Elaine Silvestrini

Voting is “an inviolable right” sacred to Americans because it preserves all rights, according to a federal judge who recently ruled that all registered voters in Alabama may vote absentee this year because of the pandemic. The ruling by District Judge Abdul K. Kallon came in response to a lawsuit that is part of a spike in voting rights litigation across the country. The number of cases filed in federal courts is significantly higher than during the last presidential election cycle, according to information from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. So far this year, there have been more than 200 federal voting rights lawsuits filed across the country. In the last six months, there were 155 election rights lawsuits, compared with 85 such suits in the same period of 2016, according to the TRAC report. Two years ago, just 47 voting rights suits were filed in federal courts during the same period.

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