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Judge denies Arizona Dems claim to list of rejected ballots

October 21, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Arizona on Wednesday dismissed a claim filed by the Arizona Democratic Party against Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, also a Democrat, that sought records for people whose mail ballots were rejected before Election Day.

The Democrats wanted access to the information so they could help voters fix whatever issue was wrong with their ballot, such as a mismatched signature. State law already has what is called a “cure” process through which elections officials are required to contact voters about their rejected ballots and allow them to fix the issue.

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Fontes argued producing that list would be too burdensome on his limited staff before Election Day.

The county is seeing a massive number of early ballots returned— about 700,000 so far.

That’s 75% more ballots than the county received during this time frame in the 2016 general election.