Election Integrity Project® Arizona, LLC
3317 E Bell Rd, Ste 101-121
Phoenix, Az 85032
10/02/2020 – EIPAz Press Release
Phoenix, Az. – The United States Supreme Court has accepted the Az Ballot harvesting case, its ruling could affect ballot harvesting laws across the country!
19-1257) BRNOVICH, ATT’Y GEN. OF AZ V. DEM. NAT. COMM., ET AL.
19-1258) ARIZONA REP. PARTY, ET AL. V. DEM. NAT. COMM., ET AL.
The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted. The cases are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument.
19-1257 is a National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 Section 2 issue and has all the markings of a potential landmark case involving Arizona’s election laws, who can handle and deliver vote by mail ballots. The Democrat National Committee (DNC) sued Arizona under NVRA Sec 2 (b) (2) claiming Arizona law limiting who may drop off ballots interfered with the participation of eligible minority citizens as voters. Arizona contends that NVRA Sec 2 (b) (3) applies, it protects the integrity of the electoral process. Arizona’s states rights enable it to limit who can handle and deliver vote by mail ballots.
This States’ rights issue has been accepted for the next session of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Election Integrity Project® Arizona LLC (EIPAz) joined its parent company, Election Integrity Project California (EIPCa) and 13 other parties in filling “Amicus Briefs” in support of Arizona’s petition to have SCOTUS take up the appeal.
At stake is Arizona’s or any other state’s right to determine who may handle a vote by mail ballot to protect the integrity of the electoral process. The issue is “ballot harvesting” a practice in which any person may collect—and could manipulate vote by mail ballots. Arizona’s law limits who may drop off ballots to family member, household member, and care givers.
Two Federal Courts have agreed that Arizona’s law did not harm minorities’ participation in elections; however the Ninth Circuit Court has overruled the two lower court. Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, was able to obtain a stay until the SCOTUS rules on the case.
EIPCa’s and EIPAz’s brief, filed on their behalf by Landmark Legal Foundation, argues that
- Voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud and requires special protections;
- California serves as a warning to the dangers of unlimited ballot harvesting;
- The two lower Federal courts were correct when they ruled Arizona’s law does not violate Sec. 2
19-258 was brought by AZ Republican voting in voting centers vs precincts as required by Az election laws. It is assumed that the Supreme Court combined these two because they are both from AZ and are both about elections.
If Arizona prevails, this state and others who wish to use NVRA SEC 2 (b) (3) “protect the integrity of the electoral process” may continue to do so. If the DNC prevails then California style ballot harvesting could continue to spread across the country further damaging voter confidence in our elections!