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Federal appeals court overturns Arizona limit on VBM messenger ballots

Decision court affect New Jersey law

By David Wildstein, February 03 2020 1:33 pm

A federal appellate court ruling could impact a New Jersey law that limits the number of vote-by-mail messenger ballots to three.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had invalidated a 2016 Arizona law that that prohibited the harvesting of VBM ballots, finding that the ban on third party gathering was in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich has asked for a stay pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision could affect challenges to rejected VBM ballots.

James Whelan, a state senator from Atlantic City until his death in 2017, pushed for expanded limits on VBM ballots amidst allegations of voter fraud by a political machine led by the Callaway family.

The ruling was challenged by the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Democrats alleged that limits on messenger ballots made it more difficult for minority communities to cast their votes by mail.

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