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    AZ Supreme Court Delivers Crucial Ruling On Voting Measures

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    In Arizona The integrity of voting has earned a win.

    A bill that “requires the state to remove infrequent voters from the state’s Permanent Early Voting List, turning it into an ‘active’ early voting list,” was approved by the Arizona legislature last year.

    The Proposition 210 ballot initiative, which could have fundamentally changed Arizona’s election regulations, some of which the state legislature recently implemented, had the capacity to do so.

    The 26-page proposal, according to The Tennessee Star, “is very similar to the federal HR 1,” a piece of legislation that congressional Democrats had previously sponsored and which would have resulted in a federal takeover of elections.

    Same-day voter registration, the removal of Arizona’s “ballot harvesting ban,” and “voter registration with minimal identification, such as a pay stub,” were among the proposed amendments to the state’s election code.

    Other regulations in the action plan might have excluded “electors who don’t choose the president selected by Arizona’s presidential election,” removed “the 30-day residency requirement in order to vote,” and created it “harder to cancel voter registrations of inactive voters,” among many others.

    The Biden Department of Justice has expressed opposition to a statute that GOP Gov. Doug Ducey passed earlier this year mandating voters to produce proof of citizenship in order to cast a ballot in federal elections.

    The Biden Department of Justice later sued Arizona over the statute, calling it a “unnecessary requirement” that “turns the clock back on progress” and “block[s] eligible voters from the registration rolls for certain federal elections.”

    However, the Arizona Supreme Court considered the total amount of signatures from voters before making a decision regarding voting and upholding the integrity rule.

    The state Supreme Court’s ruling “upholds a lower court ruling issued hours earlier, in which Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Mikitish rejected thousands of signatures and said the initiative fell 1,458 signatures short of the 238,000 required to qualify for the ballot,” according to the Associated Press.

    “The judge’s Friday ruling reversed his own decision from a day earlier after the Supreme Court asked him to explain how he concluded that the initiative had enough valid signatures to qualify,” according to an AP report.

    “When the judge upheld the measure the day before, [Chief Justice Robert] Brutinel had refused to accept it, saying [the] court was unable to determine exactly how Mikitish came to his determination that backers had collected enough valid signatures for the measure to appear on November’s ballot.”

    “Titled Proposition 210, the now-failed ballot initiative had the potential to completely overhaul Arizona’s election laws, several of which the state legislature recently passed. The 26-page proposal is very similar to the federal HR 1, the legislation previously introduced by congressional Democrats that would have resulted in a federal takeover of elections,” according to The Federalist.

    More on this story via The Republic Brief:

    The outlet added: “Among the proposed changes to Arizona election law were same-day voter registration, a repealing of ‘Arizona’s ballot harvesting ban,’ and ‘voter registration with minimal identification, such as a pay stub.” Other provisions in the initiative would have disqualified “electors who don’t choose the president selected by Arizona’s presidential election,’ eliminated ‘the 30-day residency requirement in order to vote,” and made it “harder to cancel voter registrations of inactive voters,’ among others.” CONTINUE READING…

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