Arizona Supreme Court Rejects State GOP Lawsuit to Eliminate Mail-In Voting

On Tuesday, the Arizona state Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit from the state’s Republican Party that sought to completely eliminate mail-in voting.

The Arizona Republican Party’s attempt to abolish or severely curtail mail-in voting in the state is part of a nationwide push by the GOP to place more restrictions on voting in response to former President Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election.

Republicans issued the request to Arizona’s highest court earlier this year, asking it to dismantle the mail-in voting system, or, failing that, to eliminate the “no excuse” provision of its statute that allows any eligible voter in the state to request an absentee ballot. This provision has been allowed in the state in 1991. It has been used in eight presidential election cycles.

Nevertheless, the party argued in its lawsuit that “in-person voting at the polls on a fixed date (election day) is the only constitutional manner of voting in Arizona.”

At the time, Democrats spoke out against the lawsuit.

“This is yet another attempt by the Arizona Republicans to make it harder for people to vote,” said state Sen. Raquel Terán, who is also the chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

Earlier this week, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat and a defendant in the lawsuit, condemned the state GOP’s attempt to eradicate mail-in voting.

“Abolishing early voting doesn’t make our elections more secure — it just makes it harder for eligible Arizonans to vote,” Hobbs, who is also running for governor, wrote in a tweet. “These partisan attacks on our freedom to vote are about suppressing the vote, not protecting it.”

The ruling is a win for voting rights but it is not a victory for the people. may be short-lived. In its ruling, the Arizona state Supreme Court said that they rejected the Republican Party’s lawsuit because it hadn’t gone through the proper channels. According to the court, the party can resubmit its complaint to lower state courts.

However, this temporary victory will likely be enough for mail-in voting to continue as an option for registered voters. at least through the 2022 midterm elections later this year. Arizona Republicans were hopeful that the state Supreme Court would rule in their favor before November, tossing out mail-in voting before this year’s races.

Any attempt to abolish mail-in voting in Arizona would be a controversial choice. Recent polling shows that Arizonans are very happy with mail-in voting. overwhelmingly support keeping voting by mail as an optionIn elections, 74% backed the measure, and 10% opposed it.