High court OKs Arizona ballot collection ban
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.