DNC, DSCC, DCCC, & ADP Statement on Winning Arizona Voting By Mail Case

Today, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Jaime Harrison, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chair Gary Peters, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Suzan DelBene, and Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) Chair Yolanda Bejarano released the following statement after the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the GOP’s attempt to eliminate Arizona’s no-excuse mail-in voting system, which would dramatically alter how voters cast their ballots in the state: 

“Democrats have successfully fought back against Republicans’ baseless efforts to attack the right of Arizonans to vote by mail and fundamentally change how elections are administered in the state. We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect the ability of Arizonans to exercise their right to participate in our democracy and to oppose Republicans’ voter suppression tactics.” 

The Arizona Supreme Court denied the Arizona Republican Party’s petition for review on Friday, June 2, 2023. This is the fourth time a court has rejected the Republicans’ attempts to attack early voting in Arizona, and marks a final rejection of their efforts—which have been going on for over a year now.

Additional background:

  • Arizonans have been voting using absentee and early ballots for more than 100 years, and it has become the dominant means by which Arizonans vote by a wide margin. 
  • Arizona’s constitution explicitly guarantees the right to vote, with the only procedural limits being that votes must be cast “by ballot” or any “other method” authorized by the legislature. 
  • Republicans’ challenge could have effectively invalidated all of the legislature’s laws governing any type of voting other than in-person voting – laws that the legislature has been enacting in one form or another for a century.
  • The impact of this Republican challenge also could have created enormous challenges for Arizona’s election administration and for Arizonans.