Fontes Loses Ballot Instruction Case In Arizona Supreme Court


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On Thursday, the Arizona Supreme Court handed a victory to ballot integrity advocates and ordered Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes to desist from instructing voters to cross out votes made in error.

“The Court finds Defendants exceeded their authority by proposing to include the New Instruction. While election statutes have changed, the permissible voter instructions, as authorized by A.R.S. § 16-502 and the Election Procedural Manual, have not. Further, we conclude that Plaintiffs have satisfied the requirements for obtaining a preliminary injunction,” wrote Chief Justice Brutinel.

“Fontes lied to the courts in an attempt to deprive the voters of Arizona of a lawful election,” said Alexander Kolodin, attorney for the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance. “He lied about when ballots would be printed. He made up a national paper shortage. Today, the Arizona Supreme Court saw through his lies.”

The Court enjoined Fontes and Maricopa County election officials, “and its vendors from inserting the “New Instruction” in the envelopes with the ballots for the November 3, 2020 general election.”

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