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 September 15, 2022

Arizona won't be allowed to enforce new election law

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona officials cannot use a new election measure in the 2022 midterm elections, according to The Epoch Times.

Katie Hobbs, the secretary of state for Arizona, and other representatives are forbidden from taking "any action to implement or enforce H.B. 2243 in a manner that would remove any voter's eligibility to vote in the 2022 general election or disqualify any otherwise-valid ballot on the basis of H.B. 2243," U.S. In the order from September 8, District Judge Susan Bolton—a Clinton appointee—was quoted.

The Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity Coalition, state officials, including Hobbs and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, presented a joint accord and suggested an order to the court earlier on September 8. Bolton accepted it.

The coalition and officials, which sued over the legislation in August, agreed that "the provisions of H.B. 2243 should not operate in a manner that would prevent any voter from (1) voting in the upcoming November 2022 general election or (2) having their vote be counted."

Hobbs and Brnovich also decided that the changes to the state election code shouldn't take effect until Jan. 1, 2023, because one of the laws that the legislation is amending isn't effective itself until then.

Hobbs and Brnovich also concluded that because one of the statutes that the legislation is changing isn't going into effect until then, the modifications to the state election code shouldn't go into effect until January 1, 2023.

"While we are pleased with this early agreement that protects the right to vote in the next election, we remain steadfast in our commitment to continue to fight both of these voter suppression laws for the long term," May Tiwamangkala, an official with the coalition, said in a statement.

"We are in this fight to protect the rights of all voters in our state, including those from the AANHPI communities."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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