Friday, March 13, 2020
AG Heads To Court To Stop M.C. Recorder Fontes From Mailing Ballots For Tuesday
Early today, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes announced that he would mail out ballots for Tuesday's Presidential Preference Election as an anti-coronoavirus measure. The ballots could then be dropped off on Tuesday, thus avoiding extra contact with poll workers.
Late this afternoon, the Attorney General's Office asked Maricopa County Superior Court to issue an injunction preventing Fontes from mailing the ballots.
“The Maricopa County Recorder cannot unilaterally rewrite state election laws,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Fontes is creating chaos in our elections during an already difficult time. In times of crisis, the public looks to our elected officials to follow the law – not make reactionary decisions for political gain.”
#BREAKING @RecorderFontes is mailing ballots to all remaining Democrats not on the Permanent Early Voting List.
Says there is a lack of cleaning supplies available to meet the needs of all Maricopa county polling places. pic.twitter.com/Ptm8vXLDPx
— The AZ - abc15 - Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) March 13, 2020
Here is the proposed Temporary Restraining Order:
Case number: CV2020-003477