The bill, Arizona Senate invoice 1003 (S.B. 1003), was accepted earlier within the state legislature in party-line votes.
The new legislation codified a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Oct. 6, 2020, inside one month of the 2020 election. It furthermore closed debates over unsigned mail-in ballots between the state Republicans and Democrats.
Current Arizona law permits election officers to contact the voters to repair the signatures on the ballots if the signatures don’t match various signatures from data within the Department of Motor Vehicle, voter registration kinds, or earlier early ballots. The voters can repair the signatures, in the event that they didn’t go through the confirmation course, inside as much as 5 enterprise days after election day.
The new legislation didn’t change something about the grace interval for the signed ballots.
Though, it stopped the state Democrats’ applications so as to add an identical grace interval to unsigned ballots.
Before the 2020 election, Arizona Secretary of the State Katie Hobbs—a Democrat—was trying to set a five-business-day grace interval for the voters to repair the ballots if the ballots usually are not signed.
Hobbs’s transfer is a part of the attempts to accept a settlement in 2019 with the Navajo Nation, which allows Navajo voters with mismatched or lacking signatures on mail-in ballots to write their ballots with 5 enterprise days after the election day.
Though, the efforts have been hindered by the attraction court docket judges who declared, in alignment with the state Republicans, that the Democrats went too far by supplying absentee voters 5 days after Election Day to right lacking signatures on mail-in ballots.
“All ballots must have some deadline, and it is reasonable that Arizona has chosen to make that deadline Election Day itself so as to promote its unquestioned interest in administering an orderly election and to facilitate its already burdensome job of collecting, verifying, and counting all of the votes in timely fashion,” the appellate court asserted.
The new legislation codified the attraction court docket’s ruling by adding a modification to the existing Arizona election legislation.
The modification needs all mail-in ballots to be delivered to the county recorder, various officers accountable for the election, or polling websites no later than 7:00 p.m. on election day.
“The ballot will not be counted without the voter’s signature on the envelope,” learn the modification.
Meanwhile, one other modification within the new legislation required election officers to contact the voter if the signature is lacking on the poll. The deadline for including a signature to a poll must be no later than 7:00 p.m. on the election day.