- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a challenge to Arizona’s rules for counting ballots cast in wrong precincts (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

A federal appeals court panel is considering whether to order Arizona to count ballots cast by voters in the wrong precinct as requested in a lawsuit by some voters and the state and national Democratic parties.

A lawyer representing the voters and the party said a district court judge got it wrong when he ruled that Arizona has a valid reason not to count the ballots because local races are involved. Attorney Elisabeth Frost made the arguments Wednesday before a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel.

She told the panel that nearly 11,000 voters had their ballots tossed in the 2012 presidential election because they voted in the wrong polling place. She says the practice affects minorities more often than white voters and should be barred.

An attorney for the state of Arizona told the panel it would be extremely difficult to count ballots cast by voters in the wrong precinct. An attorney for the state Republican Party said ordering such a count would be unfair to local candidates.

Democrats are also challenging a law banning ballot collection and want an extra day of voter registration. Rulings in all three challenges could come at any time.

3 a.m.

Democrats challenging a series of election-related laws and practices in Arizona are urging a federal appeals court to order the counting of ballots cast by voters in the wrong precinct.

Lawyers representing the state and national Democratic parties say that Arizona throws out more out-of-precinct ballots than any other state and that minorities are more likely to be affected. They argue their case Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A judge in Phoenix turned away the request earlier this month, saying the state has valid reasons not to count such votes and there’s no sign of discrimination.

Democrats are also challenging a law banning ballot collection and want an extra day of voter registration. Rulings in those cases could come at any time.


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