- Associated Press - Friday, August 10, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) - The fate of an Arizona law banning groups from collecting early mail-in ballots from voters and delivering them is in the hands of a judge who will decide whether it should be declared unconstitutional and tossed out.

Judge Douglas Rayes heard arguments Friday in the challenge of the 2016 law that bans anyone but caregivers or family members from delivering a completed early ballot to a polling place.

He didn’t say when the ruling would be issued.

Attorneys who filed the lawsuit argued the law should be overturned because it’s trumped by federal statutes.

Lawyers for the state say the Arizona law isn’t trumped by federal statutes and pointed out the lawsuit was being filed close to an election.

A similar challenge of the law failed three months ago.

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