On June 6, an Arizona state trial court ruled that the Arizona Constitution’s mandate for secret elections does not mean that postal ballots violate the state Constitution. Arizona Republican Party v Hobbs, Mohave County Superior Court, cv-2022-00594.
The Republican Party, which filed the lawsuit, will appeal. The party already filed this case in the State Supreme Court, but the State Supreme Court said the case had to begin with a Superior Court.
When postal ballot first began in certain other states, decades ago, there was a vigorous legal campaign to invalidate it, on the grounds that when voters handle ballots at home, inevitably some voters will let other individuals watch them vote. But all those earlier lawsuits lost, and since then, postal ballots have become strongly entrenched in public acceptance.