July 6, 2021 the Supreme Court found that:
- “[e]nsuring that every vote is cast freely, without intimidation or undue influence, is [a] valid and important state interest,”
- “States have a legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud,” and
- “[e]nsuring that every vote is cast freely, without intimidation or undue influence, is [a] valid and important state interest.”
This in addition to ruling that “federal law does not deprive states like Arizona of their authority to establish non-discriminatory voting rules to protect the sanctity of the vote nor did the Arizona legislature act with discriminatory intent when it enacted the policies.” Thus the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona’s policies to prohibit ballot harvesting and for in-person voters to cast their vote at their designated precinct.
Election Integrity Project (EIPArizona and EIPCalifornia) provided a friend of the court brief informing the Court of the dangers of ballot harvesting. I witnessed this issue while overseeing the voting process as an inspector for EIPCa. In one instance, mail-in ballots were thrown in the bushes and others where “harvesters” would bring in dozens of mail-in ballots to polling locations. Reports of voting irregularities were used to back the friend of the court brief.
To learn more about EIPCa, go to www.eip-ca.com.