In 2016, Alabama passed a law stating that write in ballots are not to be counted unless the total number of write-in votes is greater than the difference between the two leading candidates, and not until the week after the election is over.
This seems like a fairly reasonable law for saving time and effort to me - if it's not going to matter, why bother? But the seven-day waiting period is odd, and in the current political climate of hyper-partisanship, major gerrymandering court cases, and voter suppression and fraud claims/investigations, I find myself wondering whether there was actually more to the decision.
How does the 2016 law differ from what was in place before? Was there any official or authoritative explanation for it given at the time (either from the Legislature floor or from lawmakers talking to reporters)? Was there opposition from any groups who felt it would somehow disenfranchise voters, the way there is for Voter ID laws? Or is it as simple as it seems - just a time saving measure?