Early reports are indicating that the Supreme Court seems to be leaning towards ruling in favor of upholding Arizona election integrity laws that were previously struck down by lower courts. The two voting cases, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee pertain to ballot harvesting and the collection of ballots at incorrect precincts. One law restricts who’s allowed to collect ballots cast early for polling places, and the other would toss ballots submitted to the incorrect precincts.
The Daily Wire reports:
Chief Justice John Roberts as well as Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett “asked tough questions of both sides,” the report said, adding, “In general, the conservative justices seemed inclined to support Arizona’s laws, while the court’s three liberal justices indicated that courts should conduct a more searching investigation into the way seemingly neutral laws work against minority voters.”
Election integrity in Arizona has become a focal point in the national press. On Friday, for example, a judge ruled that Arizona Senate Republicans can have access to Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 general election and corresponding voting equipment to perform an audit.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason said that the election-related subpoenas issued by the Arizona Senate are valid and enforceable.
Senate Republicans and the GOP-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors disagreed about the accessibility of the ballots. The Senate wanted to perform an audit to address election integrity concerns from constituents, whereas the board argued the ballots, by law, were to be kept secret for 24 months following the election. The judge scolded the parties for failing to come to an agreement on their own but sided with the Senate, suggesting the law in question does not conflict with the subpoenas.
The Supreme Court has yet to issue a ruling on the two cases.