Court asked to bar Maricopa County instructions on mistaken votes

Photo by Jim Small/Arizona Mirror

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

A conservative advocacy organization is asking a judge to bar Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes from instructing voters in the general election that they can cross out erroneous votes and pick someone else, a policy change that raised eyebrows when the instruction was included with early ballots in last month’s primary election.

The Arizona Public Integrity Alliance argues that Fontes’s instructions violate state law and the state’s election procedures manual, a document typically drafted by the Secretary of State’s Office for every two-year election cycle and which has the force of state law. AZPIA is joined by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which also alleged that Fontes’s instructions to voters are illegal.

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