Judge rejects hold on Arizona ‘ballot harvesting’ law

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By Mary Jo Pitzl | The Republic

A federal judge Friday rejected a request from state and national Democrats to suspend Arizona’s law that bans ballot collection.

The court order means the ban on ballot collection is in place for the Nov. 8 election

A federal judge Friday rejected a request from state and national Democrats to suspend Arizona’s law that bans ballot collection.

That means that in the Nov. 8 election, as it was in the Aug. 30 primary, people who attempt to take another person’s mail-in ballot to elections officials will be subject to penalties.

Maricopa county elections officials have said, however, that lacking guidance on how to enforce the new law, they will accept all ballots that are returned to the polls, as other provisions of state law require. There were no complaints of ballot collection, or “ballot harvesting” as critics call it, during the Aug. 30 primary.

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