Arizona Supreme Court Ensures Election Integrity

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    Arizona is among the states which, following the results of the election in 2020, made the decision that statutory changes were required in order to make it simple to vote but also difficult to cheat and increase the confidence of the public in the results of the election.

    According to the Arizona Constitution, laws passed by elected legislatures are altered through ballot initiatives. A lot of these initiatives mandate legislation that lawmakers do not approve of after careful examination. One such instance of a left-wing idea was Arizona's tax-funded forced support for political campaigns that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as a constitutional breach to the First Amendment in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett (2011).

    The billionaire activist George Soros largely funded the latest attempt to overrule the legislature that is elected of the Grand Canyon State as his Open Society Foundation, as in a different activist group known as Way to Win — that claims to be the source of Democratic victories in 2020 and financed a ballot initiative through a left-wing political group that has the catchy name: Arizonans for Free and Fair Elections. The well-funded activists have submitted more than 475,000 signatures.

    Conservatives have questioned the legitimacy of the signatures. After a series of legal proceedings and a hearing, they were able to prevail. The Arizona Supreme Court sent the issue back to a Maricopa County judge for a final decision. The judge who heard the trial held this week that the organizers did not have the 239,926 signatures needed, and had cleared this hurdle by just two thousand votes.

    However, on appeal at the Arizona Supreme Court, the justices decided on Thursday they are “unable to verify the validity rate used by the trial court” and required the judge who was in charge to clarify his decision before noon on Friday. The trial judge was unable to explain his calculation and the judge failed to justify his calculations. The Arizona Supreme Court concluded that the ballot initiative was not valid and did not have sufficient legal signatures in order to be able to vote in November's election.

    “The irony is rich, because signature verification is a standard election integrity requirement,” the former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, chairman of the Center for Election Integrity at the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) has exclusively told News. “To include an election-related ballot measure not approved to be on the ballot due to the fact that not enough legal voters backed it is exactly what it is that the Left is trying to prevent. The reality of this ballot initiative at issue was designed to remove those safeguards during elections and highlights the importance of such security measures.”

    The successful fight against the initiative backed by Soros was a collaborative effort. The lawsuit was brought in the name of Scot Mussi, the president of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club -the same group that secured an U.S. Supreme Court victory against a similar election initiative on the ballot in 2011. Mussi was aided in his fight with the help of Jason Snead of the Honest Elections Project, Jessica Anderson of Heritage Action, and other campaigners for integrity in the election such as Blackwell and the former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

    “This victory proves that the American people are more powerful than militant liberal activists like Soros, who is trying to fundamentally transform America,” Blackwell said. “The United States is a center-right nation, and while hundreds of millions of dark money dollars may distort democracy by astroturfing issues and gaslighting voters, the American people have enough sense and principle that such efforts can be defeated.”

    If it was successful, the Soros-backed initiative would have revoked Arizona's election integrity laws in 2024's presidential election.

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