‘No excuse’ mail-in voting banned by Delaware Supreme Court

Delaware Democrats are presumably extremely mad this weekend after the state’s high court shot down one of their favorite voting methods — “no excuse” mail-in voting.

According to WHYY, the Delaware Supreme Court outright banned the practice in this week’s ruling, striking down the rule that was created as recently as June, with the hopes of being able to use that particular method of voting in the upcoming midterm elections. 

The vote to strike down the voting method was unanimous.

The state’s high court said a full opinion on the issue will come at a later date, but its ruling, for now, was enough to cancel the practice.

Against the constitution

“The vote-by-mail statute impermissibly expands the categories of absentee voters identified’’ in the constitution, the Delaware Supreme Court justices decided.

Promising a full opinion later, the court ruled that it “enters this abbreviated order in recognition of the impending election scheduled for November 8, 2022, and the Department of Election’s desire to mail ballots to voters by or around October 10, 2022.”

The ruling didn’t have an effect on the September primary mail-in ballots.

Wait, there’s more!

Not only did the Delaware Supreme Court strike down no-excuse mail-in votes, but it also “negated a new law that allows people to register and vote on Election Day. The deadline to register to vote will be the fourth Saturday before the election, which is Oct. 15.,” WHYY noted.

“At a time when voting rights across the nation are under attack, Delaware has repeatedly attempted to be a positive example of how to enfranchise residents and make it easier and more convenient for them to exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote,” state Democrats complained in the wake of the ruling.

The complaints from Delaware Dems were predictable, as they immediately cried “voter suppression!” in the wake of the ruling.

Critics of President Joe Biden noted the significance of the ruling being handed down in the president’s home state. So far, the White House hasn’t commented on the ruling.