High court OKs Ari­zona bal­lot col­lec­tion ban

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The U.S. Supreme Court on Satur­day re­in­stated an Ari­zona law that makes it a felony to col­lect early bal­lots, deal­ing a blow to Demo­cratic get out the vote ef­forts just days be­fore the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The order from the na­tion’s high­est court over­turns an ap­peals court de­ci­sion from a day ear­lier that blocked the new law. Demo­cratic groups had al­ready geared up to be­gin help­ing vot­ers de­liver their bal­lots to the polls, and the Supreme Court de­ci­sion calls into ques­tion what hap­pens to bal­lots they have al­ready legally col­lected from vot­ers in the ap­prox­i­mately 20 hours that the law was blocked.

Col­lect­ing early bal­lots is es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive among mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties. Democrats al­lege the law hurts mi­nori­ties’ abil­ity to vote.

The de­ci­sion comes just days ahead of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that has Ari­zona Democrats hop­ing to win the tra­di­tion­ally Repub­li­can state.

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