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For fairly obvious reasons, the question of elections has become a popular subject. Certainly their subsequent discussions of preserving election integrity has been in the news a great deal lately. Specific attention seems to be getting paid to the issue of mail-in ballots. On this point, there is an update that comes to us courtesy of a judge out of New York. It was a judge in New York who just delivered a body blow to Democrats specifically on the matter of mail-in ballots.
It has recently been reported by Fox News that:
A judge in New York ruled that voting by mail over fears of the coronavirus is unconstitutional.
The Democrat-controlled legislature “appears poised to continue the expanded absentee voting provisions of New York State Election Law … in an Orwellian perpetual state of health emergency and cloaked in the veneer of ‘voter enfranchisement,'” Saratoga County Supreme Court Justice Dianne Freestone, a Republican, wrote in her ruling Friday.
Fox News went on to report that:
The 28-page ruling ordered local election boards to stop counting absentee ballots they’ve already received and to “preserve” them until after Election Day on Nov. 8 or after the resolution of a lawsuit filed by Republicans in the state. The ruling does not invalidate ballots that have already been mailed.
In 2020, delays, litigation and mistakes by election boards that faced a flood of absentee ballots led to long waits for election results. The Democratic-controlled legislature eventually passed a law allowing for early counting of absentee voting.
It was further reported by the New York Post that:
In her ruling, Freestone said that the Democrat-controlled Legislature “appears poised to continue the expanded absentee voting provisions of New York State Election Law … in an Orwellian perpetual state of health emergency and cloaked in the veneer of ‘voter enfranchisement.’”
Rejecting arguments made by a lawyer for the state Board of Elections at a hearing earlier this month, Freestone said that “there are uncounted reasons for this Court to second-guess the wisdom of the Legislature.”
The New York Post went on to report that:
The judge stopped short of invalidating absentee ballots that have already been cast.
But her decision could lead to the overturning of a state law that blocks people from changing their mail-in votes by showing up to cast in-person ballots on Election Day.
That scenario could hurt Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, who’s been losing ground to Republican challenger Lee Zeldin in recent polls.
State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement, “The (state) constitution has been on our side and we will continue to fight to uphold the will of the voters and to ensure honest elections in New York.”
Elections have instead been a chief topic of discussion lately, with the midterms just over the horizon. In fact, we recently reported just yesterday that Guillermina Fuentes was a former mayor of San Luis. She was accused of ballot harvesting in the 2020 primary election. According to the prosecutors, Fuentes was a well-known Democratic operative in San Luis. She used her status to gather ballots and sometimes fill out ballots for voters. Follow The Raging Patriot for more on this story as it develops.