According to a report by The Associated Press, Arizona’s Republican Party is asking the state’s Supreme Court to strike down the vote-by-mail system that is currently used by 90 percent of registered voters.
The state party filed a lawsuit on Friday in which members argued that absentee voting is unconstitutional, as they asked the justices to throw out the “no-excuse” absentee ballot system that was introduced in 1991.
“In-person voting at the polls on a fixed date (election day) is the only constitutional manner of voting in Arizona,” wrote attorneys for the state’s Republican Party in a petition to the Supreme Court.
The suit added reference to a provision in the Arizona constitution that says, “electors may express at the polls their approval or disproval of (a) measure,” arguing that “at the polls” indicates votes are required to be cast in person.
But Arizona Democrats are pushing back, saying the GOP’s lawsuit attacks a secure and relatively popular way of voting for residents. “I look forward to once again defending the voters of Arizona and defeating this ridiculous attempt to undermine our elections,” said Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat and a defendant in the lawsuit.
State Sen. Raquel Terán, who serves as the chairwoman of Arizona’s Democratic Party, added that the lawsuit by the opposing party is rooted in lies and conspiracy theories revolving around the 2020 presidential election. “So this is yet another attempt by the Arizona Republicans to make it harder for people to vote,” said Terán.
The state of Arizona has been at the forefront of former President Donald Trump’s election fraud claims, although a prior Republican-led audit of the election returned that President Joe Biden was indeed the victor in the state.
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
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