Arizona Republicans’ Attempt To Disband Mail-in Voting Fails a Second Time

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, a state trial court judge in Arizona rejected a Republican attempt to disband no-excuse mail-in voting across the state. Mid-May, the Arizona Republican Party and its chairwoman filed a lawsuit alleging that the state’s mail-in voting system, which was enacted in 1991 and allows any voter to cast a mail-in ballot, violates the Arizona Constitution. In support of this claim, the plaintiffs argued that the Arizona Constitution requires in-person voting on specific days and, because mail-in voting does not follow these rules, it is unconstitutional and should be banned in future elections. This was the Republicans’ second failed attempt to disband mail-in voting in Arizona after their first attempt was rejected by the Arizona Supreme Court. 

After a hearing was held on Friday, the judge ruled today that the no-excuse mail-in voting system does not violate the Arizona Constitution. Because there “is nothing in the Arizona Constitution which expressly prohibits the legislature from authoring new voting laws, including ‘no-excuse’ mail-in ballots,” the judge found that the Legislature was allowed to enact mail-in voting. In denying the plaintiffs’ request to stop mail-in voting in future elections, the judge held that Arizona’s mail-in voting system is “not inapposite of the intentions of the framers of the Constitution who emphasized the right to suffrage for Arizona citizens and that the voters’ ballots be secret.”

Read the order here.

Learn more about the case here.