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    Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Arizona election law violates Voting Rights Act, 9th Circuit says

    Republicans get caught again, trying to deny the vote. What scum.

    Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Arizona violated the Voting Rights Act by barring voters from delivering the early ballots of neighbors, friends and others to polling places, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

    The policy against so-called "ballot harvesting" disproportionately affects American Indian, Hispanic and African American voters, a majority of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

    Republicans who control the Legislature enacted the policy with the intent of suppressing turnout among voters from minority groups, the court decided.

    And in a victory for Democrats, who challenged the 2016 law, the court also said the state's policy of discarding the provisional ballots of voters who turn up at the wrong precinct is illegal, too.

    The court was divided in its ruling, with four judges on the 11-judge panel dissenting. Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as Arizona approaches what is bound to be a hard-fought election in which the outcomes of major races could hinge on a few thousand votes.

    The court addressed two policies in a sprawling 113-page decision.
    The court said uncontested evidence showed a large and disproportionate number of Hispanic and American Indian voters relied on others to collect and deliver their early mail ballots.

    American Indian and Hispanic communities frequently face problems with mail service that make it difficult to turn in mail ballots on time, the court said. In urban areas, apartment buildings might not have outgoing mail service and residents may not regard their mailboxes as safe. Only 18% of American Indian voters have home mail service, the court said, adding that a lack of transportation compounds the problem.

    In turn, organizers regularly collected ballots from voters and delivered the ballots to election officials.

    Republican lawmakers argued the practice could allow for fraud and pushed the legislation to end it, eventually enacting House Bill 2023.
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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Arizona election law violates Voting Rights Act, 9th Circuit says

    Republicans get caught again, trying to deny the vote. What scum.
    I wonder what the political parties of the various judges were. 4 Dissent, 7 in the majority. I will go look
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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Arizona election law violates Voting Rights Act, 9th Circuit says

    Republicans get caught again, trying to deny the vote. What scum.
    Obviously, any policy that might protect the integrity of elections, is unconscionable to corrupt federal judges.
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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I wonder what the political parties of the various judges were. 4 Dissent, 7 in the majority. I will go look
    Why bother. It's become axiomatic in the legal world that ethnic minorities lack the wherewithal to provide for themselves to even the slightest extent and that the reason for that shortcoming is white privilege.

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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by AmNat View Post
    Obviously, any policy that might protect the integrity of elections, is unconscionable to corrupt federal judges.
    Obviously, you think that denying the vote to people is a good thing.

    Just so long as they are people that are not as white as you.
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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Why bother. It's become axiomatic in the legal world that ethnic minorities lack the wherewithal to provide for themselves to even the slightest extent and that the reason for that shortcoming is white privilege.

    From the article:

    American Indian and Hispanic communities frequently face problems with mail service that make it difficult to turn in mail ballots on time, the court said. In urban areas, apartment buildings might not have outgoing mail service and residents may not regard their mailboxes as safe. Only 18% of American Indian voters have home mail service, the court said, adding that a lack of transportation compounds the problem.

    In turn, organizers regularly collected ballots from voters and delivered the ballots to election officials.

    Republican lawmakers argued the practice could allow for fraud and pushed the legislation to end it, eventually enacting House Bill 2023.
    Lenny Bruce is not afraid.

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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    From the article:
    Native American, Hispanic and urban apartment dwellers regularly rely on the mail for such things as paying bills, filing taxes, receiving social security checks, etc. I don't see any suits where that stuff is being excused due to poor mail service. Why are ballots any different? If they get their mail in ballot by mail (which they do) then why can't they be expected to return it in the same manner?

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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Native American, Hispanic and urban apartment dwellers regularly rely on the mail for such things as paying bills, filing taxes, receiving social security checks, etc. I don't see any suits where that stuff is being excused due to poor mail service. Why are ballots any different? If they get their mail in ballot by mail (which they do) then why can't they be expected to return it in the same manner?
    Why pass laws that restrict the amount of voters?

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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Why pass laws that restrict the amount of voters?

    What are you afraid of?
    Nothing about prohibiting ballot harvesting restricts voters.

    Again, if these poor, unfortunate, disenfranchised souls can receive their ballots via US mail then why can't they be expected to return them using the same method?

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    Re: Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Arizona election law violates Voting Rights Act, 9th Circuit says

    Republicans get caught again, trying to deny the vote. What scum.
    It’s here in California. The law is it’s OK to pick up sealed ballots, but in practice, open is preferred. Yet, tne voters hand book I just got has no mention of any way to harvest legally, but it was legal last election and statistically proven to be corrupt.

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Obviously, you think that denying the vote to people is a good thing.

    Just so long as they are people that are not as white as you.
    It’s racist to claim people of color are too stupid to get an ID, especially when you need an ID to scratch your ass.
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