Arizona GOP asks court to strike down vote-by-mail system
Arizona’s Republican Party has asked the state’s Supreme Court to strike down the vote-by-mail system used by 90 percent of registered voters, The Associated Press reported.
In a lawsuit filed on Friday, the state party argues that absentee voting is unconstitutional and asks the justices to get rid of the “no-excuse” absentee balloting system created in 1991.
“In-person voting at the polls on a fixed date (election day) is the only constitutional manner of voting in Arizona,” attorneys for the state’s GOP wrote in a petition to the Supreme Court.
The lawsuit also cites a provision in the state’s constitution that says “electors may express at the polls their approval or disapproval of (a) measure,” arguing that “at the polls” means votes much be cast in person.
Arizona Democrats have argued that the GOP’s lawsuit is attacking a secure and widely popular voting method.
“I look forward to once again defending the voters of Arizona and defeating this ridiculous attempt to undermine our elections,” Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), a defendant in the lawsuit, said in a statement.
State Sen. Raquel Terán, who is chairwoman of Arizona’s Democratic Party, said the GOP’s lawsuit is based on lies and conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, the AP reported.
“So this is yet another attempt by the Arizona Republicans to make it harder for people to vote,” Terán said.
Arizona’s state legislature has also introduced bills aiming to eliminate or severely restrict mail-in balloting.
The Grand Canyon State has been at the center of former President Trump’s baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 election, although a Republican-led audit of the election ultimately upheld President Biden’s win.
The key battleground state is also currently represented by two Democratic senators.