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A 'big win' for Native voters; divided appeals court lifts election burdens


January 30, 2020

A federal court struck down Arizona laws on ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting that it said disproportionately harm minority voters. Among the problems are frequently shifting polling places that led to hours-long voting delays like those in the 2016 primaries, shown here. (Photo by Miguel Otarola | Cronkite News)

WASHINGTON – A divided federal appeals court Monday overturned Arizona's ban on ballot-harvesting and its policy of rejecting ballots accidentally cast in the wrong precinct, calling both reflections of the state's "long and unhappy history of official discrimination" in elections.

The 239-page ruling by the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals laid out in exacting detail the state's history of election policies aimed at suppressing votes by black, Hispanic and Native American voters.


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