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ICYMI: Associated Press, “Ahead of 2022 election, GOP lawsuit looks to throw out absentee voting in Arizona”

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WASHINGTON — The Arizona Republican Party filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court to do away with the vote-by-mail system that 90 percent of Arizonans use. The Associated Press reported that despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud, the GOP wants to create deliberate barriers to Arizonans casting their ballots. This is the same party that continues to spread lies and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and went so far as to pursue a wasteful sham election review. Arizonans have been voting by mail for three decades and Republicans are dead set on undermining democracy in the state.

“It is no surprise that the party of insurrectionists and election deniers are attacking free and fair elections in Arizona,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “Republicans are hellbent on making it harder to vote so that they can pass more unpopular anti-abortion laws and tax cuts for the wealthiest Arizonans. This anti-voter lawsuit is shameful and flies in the face of our shared American values.”

Associated Press: Ahead of 2022 election, GOP lawsuit looks to throw out absentee voting in Arizona

The Arizona Republican Party is asking the state Supreme Court to strike down the vote-by-mail system used by 90 percent of voters in a battleground state that will be crucial to determining which party controls the U.S. Senate after the 2022 election.

The lawsuit filed Friday argues absentee voting is unconstitutional and asks the justices to get rid of it or at least eliminate the no-excuse absentee balloting system Arizona adopted in 1991 and has steadily expanded ever since… 

The lawsuit comes amid GOP efforts on many fronts to remake the system for casting and counting votes as former President Donald Trump repeats the lie that he lost the 2020 election because of fraud in Arizona and other battleground states… 

The lawsuit is based on lies and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, said Raquel Terán, a state senator and chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party.

“So this is yet another attempt by the Arizona Republicans to make it harder for people to vote,” Terán said… 

In 2020, 90 percent of Arizona voters used a ballot that arrived in the mail, which can be returned through the U.S. Postal Service, an official drop box run by county election officials or to a polling place. The ballots are collected at a central warehouse, where workers confirm the signature on the outside of the ballot envelope matches signatures on file to verify the vote is legitimate.

There has been no widespread fraud.