State Supreme Judicial Court rejects challenge to making mail-in voting permanent, opponents announce appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
“Only in Massachusetts can absentee voting possibly be defined as the mailing of 4.7 million ballot applications to every voter in the commonwealth.”
July 11, 2022
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WOBURN — Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons announced Monday that he and several other plaintiffs whose claim that making no-excuse universal mail-in voting permanent is unconstitutional was rejected by the commonwealth’s highest court will now appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court.
The SJC has yet to issue its opinion.
Lyons said the case “presented significant issues of both state and federal law.”
“The Supreme Judicial Court has heard the case and made their decision to not enjoin the law,” he added. “We appreciate their consideration.”
“With respect, however, they are the final arbiters of state law. Their decisions must also conform to the federal constitution. Having conferred with counsel, we will be seeking emergency relief from the U.S. Supreme Court because of federal law issues presented in the VOTES Act, including the first amendment black-out posed by the electioneering ban, the differential treatment between absentee voters and early voters, and the enshrining of the partisan selection of election officials into state law.”
“We hope that Supreme Court will provide relief to prevent a constitutional travesty presented by this law,” Lyons added. “Only in Massachusetts can absentee voting possibly be defined as the mailing of 4.7 million ballot applications to every voter in the commonwealth.”