The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to consider a request from the Arizona Republican Party that would eliminate early voting.
The request was rejected on Tuesday. Nearly 90% of the state uses the early voting system.
According to NBC News, this request would require nearly all ballots to be cast in person on Election Day. The lawsuit was filed back in February, and argued that absentee voting is unconstitutional. The court ruled that the case did not meet the criteria for a lawsuit to be filed directly to the state’s high court. It was said that the party could take the case to the Superior Court.
The lawsuit asked the justices to specifically eliminate the no-excuse absentee ballot system the state had been using for over two decades. The GOP has been trying to change current voting systems after claims of fraud emerged from the 2020 election.
Kelli Ward, chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, has been at the front of the effort to reveal fraud in the election system. Former President Donald Trump had been the first to declare fraud in 2020 after losing to current President Joe Biden.
This lawsuit was filed by the state GOP and the party secretary, Tvonne Cahill. Ward is not named as a plaintiff. Two other arguments were made in the lawsuit. First, that Secretary of State Katie Hobbs made a mistake by including rules for ballot drop boxes in the election procedures manual, and second, by not including a verification process.
The GOP has not stated if they will file in the Superior Court.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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