US Supreme Court Allows Arizona to Ban Ballot-Collecting

Time: 11:42 p.m. CEST

The Supreme Court on Saturday allowed an Arizona law barring organizers from picking up ballots and delivering them to election stations to remain in effect, CNN reports. National Public Radio explains that, “Reversing a one-day-old appeals court ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court says Arizona can enforce its law banning the collection of early-voting ballots by political campaigners. The ruling means that in Arizona, the practice that critics call “ballot harvesting” will be a felony in Tuesday’s election.” On Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6-5 to block the law. “The state’s stay application went to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is responsible for the geographic area that includes Arizona,” SCOTUSblog reports. The site’s Amy Howe adds that Kennedy then took two steps: He told Democrats to get their response to him by 9 a.m. ET Saturday, and he referred the stay request to the entire court, the NPR reports.


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