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It’s Only 55 Cents, But ACLU Says Georgia Is Running a Poll Tax

Advocates Say Paper Ballots Are Safest
Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

Georgia’s election officials were sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for requiring voters to use their own 55-cent postage stamps to mail in absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the cost is small, any financial barrier to voting is barred by the Constitution, the ACLU said in a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Atlanta. The pandemic complicates the matter because many people no longer use stamps and would have to go out in public to buy them, violating social distancing rules and putting themselves at risk, the group said.