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Published on May 15, 2024
Arizona Judge Dismisses Republican Lawsuit Against State Elections ManualSource: Google Street View

In a notable setback for Arizona Republicans, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit aiming to invalidate the state's elections manual. The GOP's legal challenge, which contended the public comment period on the adoptions of the manual was insufficient and sought an injunction against parts of it, has been rejected on the grounds of compliance with state rules.

The case, lodged by the Republican National Committee, the Republican Party of Arizona, and the Yavapai County Republican Party, took aim at Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, who had drafted the manual in his role as the Arizona's chief election officer. However, the judge sided with Fontes, concluding that his process met the requirements stipulated by Arizona law for public notice and comment.

The parties behind the legal challenge have yet to make a statement on the court's decision to toss out their lawsuit. Responses from the Republican National Committee and the Arizona GOP were not immediately available when requests for comment were made.

Despite the dismissal of this challenge, there are other disputes against the Elections Procedure Manual (EPM) that remain active in state court. According to a report by Arizona Public Media, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club has brought a separate case concerning the guidelines for ballot drop-off locations and anti-voter intimidation measures. Similarly, leading Republican state legislators, Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma, have also filed suit claiming certain sections of the manual conflict with Arizona law.

Fontes' office has remained steadfast in supporting the elections manual, emphasizing its efficacy in recent elections. "We used this manual to effectively run the presidential preference election in March and will continue using the EPM to ensure fair elections in the upcoming primary and general elections," the secretary of state's office declared in a statement obtained by Arizona Public Media.