View Full Version : Legal Strategy in Arizona Senate Race Sounds ‘Like an Effort to Disenfranchise

11-10-2018, 05:24 PM
As vote counting continues in Arizona after Tuesday's midterm election, Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) worried the Democrats legal strategy "sounds an awful lot like an effort to disenfranchise voters" from rural counties.

"Every single lawful vote in Arizona should be counted," Kyl said in a statement on Friday. "And voting laws in our state should be applied uniformly across the map. Unfortunately, the Democrats legal strategy sounds an awful lot like an effort to disenfranchise voters from eleven counties from rural parts of our state and that's troubling."

Republicans in Arizona have filed a lawsuit that targets a rule in two counties, Maricopa and Pima, that allow voters to "fix issues with their ballots" up to five days after an election, CNBC reported. The lawsuit aims to either end this practice or have it implemented throughout the entire state.

Republicans have challenged the process of counting mail-in ballots — which account for about three-fourths of Arizona's votes — in the state's two largest counties. The lawsuit, which a judge will hear Friday, targets the practice of Maricopa and Pima Counties allowing voters to fix issues with their ballots for up to five days after Election Day. The state has a tedious process of matching signatures on voters' registration forms to those on their ballots, and the counties let voters fix signature problems for days after the election.