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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Indiana vote-by-mail case

It will be up to a federal district court to rule on a suit challenging Indiana’s restrictions on vote-by-mail and absentee voting in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision not to hear the case.

The high court declined to hear the Indiana case, Tully, et al. v. Okeson, et al., 20-1244, on Monday.

The suit was filed by Barbara Tully, board president of the non-partisan Indiana Vote by Mail organization, and 12 Indiana voters, seeking to overturn the Indiana Election Commission’s decision not to allow all voters to vote by absentee ballot in the general election in November 2020. The commission had allowed no-excuse absentee voting in the primary election in May 2020 after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

A U.S. District court ruled against the plaintiffs in August 2020; the ruling was upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in October 2020, and the plantiffs then sought review by the U.S. Supreme Court. — The Indiana Citizen