Don’t Restrict Voter Access Two Weeks Before the Election

Target: John H. Merrill, Alabama’s Secretary of State

Goal: Don’t restrict access to curbside voting during a pandemic.

Curbside voting has been banned in Alabama thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling and an order from the Secretary of State, John H. Merrill. Curbside voting provides an essential service to older voters who are disabled and/or need to social distance due to the coronavirus.

The Supreme Court blocked a ruling by a trial judge that would have allowed, but not required, counties in Alabama to offer curbside voting. Some counties have offered it in previous elections, though Merrill ordered county officials not to offer it during this one. Justices have criticized the ruling, saying it discriminates against older and disabled voters. In particular, Justice Sonia Sotomayor referenced one voter, Howard Porter Jr., who sued to challenge the ruling. Porter is in his 70’s and has asthma and Parkinson’s disease. He cited his ancestors who died to vote, saying, “And while I don’t mind dying to vote…I think we’re past that – we’re past that time.”

Other voters have said the ruling violates the Constitution and the Americans With Disabilities Act in light of the coronavirus. Sign below to demand the state of Alabama reverse their decision to restrict access to curbside voting.


Dear Mr. Merrill,

You have barred access to curbside voting at a time when it is most crucial. Without this essential service, older voters and those with disabilities will be forced into crowds, sometimes for long periods of time, in a state that no longer has a mask mandate.

Americans should not have to put their life on the line to vote. I demand that you immediately reverse your decision to restrict voter access.


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