Two federal judges rule in favor of mail-in voting in Montana, Alabama

Two federal judges rule in favor of mail-in voting in Montana, Alabama

Two federal judges on Wednesday ruled in favor of absentee and mail-in voting plans in Montana and Alabama.

In the first decision, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled that Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner MORE’s (D) plan to allow the state’s counties to mail ballots to every voter can proceed, according to Reuters. President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE’s reelection campaign and the Republican Party sued over the plan in early September.

President Trump has frequently claimed that mail-in voting will give rise to widespread fraud, contradicting experts who say it is not a meaningful source of fraud. “The evidence suggests, however, that this allegation, specifically in Montana, is a fiction,” Christensen wrote Wednesday, according to Reuters.

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"I'm pleased that today's decision will enable hundreds of thousands of Montanans to vote safely -- in person or by mail -- this coming election,” Bullock said in a statement. “Montanans can rest assured that our local election administrators will preserve the security and integrity of the election process."

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Bullock will be on the ballot in the state in November, challenging Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate committee advances bipartisan energy infrastructure bill  Hillicon Valley: Lina Khan faces major FTC test | Amazon calls for her recusal | Warren taps commodities watchdog to probe Google Senators propose bill to help private sector defend against hackers MORE (R).

In Alabama, U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon blocked the state from imposing requirements for absentee voting such as notarized signatures, which plaintiffs have said will increase the risk of coronavirus transmission. Both judges are Obama appointees.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) said he planned to appeal Kallon’s decision and that there was no indication the requirements had been a major barrier to voting in the July Alabama primary.