South Carolina UCC Pastor Files Suit Challenging Absentee Voting Laws

Rev. Dr. Jeremy Rutledge, Sr. Pastor of Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, South Carolina has joined with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union (and others) to file suit against the State of South Carolina challenging the current absentee voting laws in that state.

Rev. Rutledge was featured in an April 27, 2020 article on written by Abby Phillip. “Rutledge, who lives with his wife and son, says he has for nearly 12 years suffered from a chronic autoimmune disorder that has caused scarring in his lungs. His doctors have warned him that a Covid-19 infection could be a death sentence.”

“I’ve always voted since I was old enough to vote — in every election,” Rutledge told CNN. “I never imagined that I would have to decide whether I wanted to vote or whether I wanted to live and be healthy.”

“For voters like Rutledge, the coronavirus pandemic has turned the simple act of voting into an impossible calculation about whether to exercise his constitutional right or protect his health. And the virus has injected a new sense of urgency to a long-running political battle over access to voting.”

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