Double win for Republicans on election rules as Supreme Court allows Alabama to ban curbside voting and Iowa court upholds law on absentee ballots

 Republicans scored two election legal victories on Wednesday, when a Supreme Court ruling allowed Alabama to ban curbside voting and an Iowa court upheld a law that makes it harder to fix problems with absentee ballot requests.

The rulings were a setback Joe Biden, who is running a close race against President Donald Trump in Iowa, while Democratic Senator Doug Jones of Alabama is seen at risk of losing his seat in the election, imperiling Democrats' chances of seizing control of the Senate.

Opinion polls suggest a larger share of Democrats will cast absentee ballots - which include those returned by mail - than will Republicans.

Trump and his Republican allies have argued, without evidence, that voting by mail is rife with fraud, and Republican lawyers have been suing across the country to prevent the easing of election rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supreme Court ruling was a setback Joe Biden, who is running a close race in Iowa against President Donald Trump (pictured at a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday)

Supreme Court ruling was a setback Joe Biden, who is running a close race in Iowa against President Donald Trump (pictured at a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday)

In the Supreme Court, a 5-3 ruling led by the court's more conservative justices allowed Alabama Republican Secretary of State John Merrill to block counties in the state from offering curbside voting in which people can cast ballots in their vehicles outside a polling station.

Merrill has said the ban will prevent election fraud, while proponents of curbside voting say it will help people vote during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Only eight votes were cast on the Supreme Court decision, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement by Donald Trump has become a contentious issue in the run up to the November 3 election.

Only eight votes were cast on the Supreme Court decision, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (front row, second from right) last month. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement by Donald Trump has become a contentious issue in the run up to the November 3 election

Only eight votes were cast on the Supreme Court decision, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (front row, second from right) last month. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as her replacement by Donald Trump has become a contentious issue in the run up to the November 3 election 

In Iowa, the state's top court upheld a state law that makes it harder for county officials to process absentee ballot requests that have missing information.

The law requires that officials contact voters directly to obtain the missing information, rather than use the state's voter registration database to fill in the blanks.

Iowa has a Saturday deadline for requesting a ballot for the election.

Double win for Republicans on election rules as Supreme Court allows Alabama to ban curbside voting and Iowa court upholds law on absentee ballots Double win for Republicans on election rules as Supreme Court allows Alabama to ban curbside voting and Iowa court upholds law on absentee ballots Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:20 Rating: 5

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