Arizona

The Grand Canyon State

ELECTION

Re-count due to less than 1% spread between vote's counts

HISTORY

October 2 – US Supreme Court (estimated due date is June 2021)

Arizonans remain legally barred from taking someone else’s ballot to the polls, at least for this election. Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review the decision of a federal appeals court which earlier this year had voided the state’s ban on “ballot harvesting” after concluding that the Republican-controlled legislature enacted the 2016 law with the intent of suppressing minority votes. That law makes it a felony, subject to one year in state prison and a $150,000 fine, to handle anyone else’s already voted ballot. The only exceptions are for family members, others in the same household, caregivers, election workers and the postal service.

Decision does not necessarily mean the law will be overturned. But it does mean that at least four justices found sufficient merit to arguments by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Arizona Republican Party that lawmakers, in enacting the law, had valid concerns about the possibility of fraud.

Decision also means the justices will review another part of the same 2016 law which says if someone votes in the wrong precinct, all of the votes that person cast are discarded. The appellate court said the state should count the votes that would have been legal had the person been at the right place, such as for a statewide office like governor.

The justices now need to set a date for a hearing, presumably one where Trump’s latest appointee, Amy Coney Barrett, will be sitting on the bench. A ruling may not come until June.