Monday, January 27, 2020

9th Circuit Throws Out Arizona's "Ballot Harvesting" Ban; Says Law's Intent Was To Discriminate Against Minorities

The 9th Circuit today found that Arizona's so-called ballot harvesting ban, and its policy of "wholly discarding" ballots cast outside the voter's precinct, discriminates against American Indian, Hispanic and African-American voters.

By a 7-4 vote, the en banc panel threw out both, which could significantly impact this year's elections.

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Phoenix Justice said...

This is good to see. Will be interesting if the Supreme Court takes it up, considering this was a 7-4 ruling.

Paul Weich said...

Thanks, PJ. I agree that it will be interesting. In my longer article (on, I include comments from election law expert Prof. Hasen - he thinks the Supremes are likely to take it.