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Supreme Court Order: Arizona May Enforce Ballot Collection Law

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Supreme Court Order: Arizona May Enforce Ballot Collection Law

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday ordered an Arizona state law that restricts the collection of ballots by third parties back in place for Tuesday’s election, a victory for Republicans in an intensifying state-by-state legal battle over access to voting.

The Supreme Court granted a stay of a U.S. appeals court ruling that on Friday had temporarily blocked Arizona from enforcing the law that prohibits advocacy groups from collecting completed early ballots from voters and delivering them to election offices as part of get-out-the-vote efforts.

The stay will remain in effect pending a final disposition of the appeal by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court order said. The appeals court has scheduled oral arguments in the case for January.

Polls have shown Republican Donald Trump with a small lead in Arizona over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

Democrats have accused Republicans of enacting state laws intended to make it harder for minorities and others who tend to back Democratic candidates to cast ballots. Republicans have called these laws necessary to guard against voting fraud.

Arizona late Friday filed an emergency appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow it to enforce the law Arizona’s legislature approved earlier this year.

Plaintiffs in the case, including the Democratic National Committee, argued the law is unconstitutional because it unfairly impacted the ability of minorities to vote.

In asking the Supreme Court to deny a stay, the plaintiffs said reinstating the law “would expose Arizonans who are presently engaged in ballot collection and do not learn of this court’s ruling to a felony conviction and criminal sanctions.”

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; editing by Grant McCool and Franklin Paul)

IMAGE: A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria



  1. Daniel Jones November 5, 2016

    Let me apply the cipher to this dog-whistle; They do this to guard voter fraud.

    Voter fraud in this country had happened on occasion, all in forms not covered by the Jim Crow Jr. laws, and almost without exception it’s been inflicted by right-wingers and their supporters.

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 5, 2016

    The Right Wing has gone all out in a demented and depraved effort to try to roll back the clock of progress and force humanity to march backwards in time. Such an obsession with making it harder to vote is just a cover-up for secretly wishing America to return to the good old Jim Crow days.
    What would possess them to want to go to such lengths and waste taxpayers money sitting in Washington to make up clever ways to obstruct democracy? Is there a mass hypnotic spell that’s been cast over them and the electorate that support them, perhaps by some external power??
    Whatever the reason, the past 8 years has been a study in the slow and pitiful process of a Party in decay as a result of greed, corruption, deceit, and becoming severed as a collective from its Creator. It appears that the GOP has taken a collective stand against the Vision brought by Baha’u’llah. But their efforts and machinations will be easily thwarted and brought to naught.

    The arms of the GOP are too short to box with God, to borrow a phrase from a Broadway Play.

  3. Charles van Rotterdam November 5, 2016

    As an Aussie I consider this normal. Here there is no way that a third party can go out collecting ballots to bring into the poll station. Here the security of the ballot box is paramount. Everything to do with ballots here is under the authority of the (independent) Electoral Commission, to have a third party collecting ballots breaks that chain of security. Here they would automatically be disallowed ballots.
    But then again we have compulsory voting and don’t need to have ‘Get out the Vote’ organisations.

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    2. Anna Maria Yoakum November 6, 2016

      I agree with you in part, but I think the collection of ballots may have helped people who are elderly and house-bound, or severly handicapped and cannot get their ballots to their polling places.

      1. Sand_Cat November 6, 2016

        They also have no way of preventing the “third parties” from tossing the ballots they don’t like.

      2. Charles van Rotterdam November 6, 2016

        That’s OK but it cannot be done by an unsupervised third party or rather it should be done by electoral officials

  4. Jon November 6, 2016

    There are plenty of safeguards built in to the process of third parties returning ballots to protect against voter fraud as well as felony criminal charges for those who attempt voter fraud. The voter must sign an affidavit stating that the ballot was completed by them and not done under duress or coercion. The affidavit is placed in a sealed envelope. The ballot is placed in a sealed envelope. Both of those are placed in a 3rd sealed envelope. The 3rd party collecting and returning the ballots must also sign an affidavit stating that they have not tampered with the ballot and the ballot being returned is the ballot of the named voter.
    The elderly, the handicapped, and those without transportation are being disenfranchised by those who seek to further restrict the right of every eligible voter to vote. Arizona is just one more Republican state where they cannot afford to permit all eligible voters to exercise their right. People are sick of the party of the rich stealing from them.


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