Supreme Court to Rule on Provisional Ballots and Ballot Harvesting

The Supreme Court is expected to render a decision this month on an Arizona case heard on March 3 that will determine how the nation will proceed on state laws concerning elections.

At issue is how provisional ballots will be cast on Election Day nationwide and the legality of anti-ballot harvesting state laws.

Arizona has state provisions that discard provisional ballots cast by individuals who appear at a polling site on Election Day when they are not listed on the precinct’s voting rolls and were later found to have gone to the wrong location. Arizona also bans ballot harvesting by party activists or get-out-the-vote activists that collect mail-in ballots at the homes of voters and deliver them in bulk to election offices.

Data analysis of Arizona’s voter rolls obtained from the Election Assistance Commission and tabulated by the EIP California as of October 2019 discovered:

  • 2,289 deceased voters on the voter rolls
  • 315 double votes cast in 2018 across state lines
  • 85 double votes cast in 2018 across county lines
  • 3,277 double votes cast in 2016 by individuals with two active registrations at the same address
  • 3,077 double votes cast in 2016 by individuals with two active registrations at the same address
  • 884 voters using commercial addresses as their residence

The legal argument between Republicans and Democrats before the Supreme Court boils down to who controls elections, the federal or state government.

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