Arizona Court Orders Counties to Give Voters Due Process on Signature Mismatch Issue
PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Superior Court, upon agreement of the 15 county recorders, ordered all county recorders statewide to permit voters to “cure” their signature mismatch issue by Wednesday, November 14. The parties agreed that the “cure” period requires county recorders to provide notice to voters with supposed signature mismatches and allow them to confirm their signature.
The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), ACLU, ACLU of Arizona, and Scharff PLC worked to reach this agreement on behalf of a coalition of Arizona groups: League of United Latin American Citizens-Arizona, Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation, League of Women Voters-Arizona, and All Voting is Local-Arizona.
The coalition released the following statement:
“Voters should not be disenfranchised by penmanship. We are pleased to announce that all Arizona voters are now guaranteed notice and an opportunity to confirm their signature before their ballot is rejected. Democracy works best when all citizen voices are heard. We look forward to ensuring this process continues past this election.”
Voters statewide can correct signature mismatch errors by contacting their recorder by Wednesday at 5pm. Voters who have cast early ballots should track the status of their early ballot online at this website.