RMI Supreme Court rules voting law unconstitutional

The courthouse in Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands. Its Supreme Court has ruled that a three-year-old law banning voting by postal ballots by offshore Marshallese was unconstitutional because it did not offer a reasonable alternative method for islanders to cast their votes. Photo provided by Giff Johnson

Majuro — In a momentous decision, the Marshall Islands Supreme Court ruled this week that a three-year-old law banning the use of postal absentee ballots for national elections is unconstitutional.

But because the two complaints that triggered this week’s ruling were filed close to the Nov. 18 national election, the Supreme Court’s ruling will apply only for later elections.

The courthouse in Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands. Its Supreme Court has ruled that a three-year-old law banning voting by postal ballots by offshore Marshallese was unconstitutional because it did not offer a reasonable alternative method for islanders to cast their votes.

The Supreme Court issued