It was supposed to close on October 5. Then the date was October 23. Now it has changed again.
- The Voter Registration deadline, by law, is 29 days before the election – for this year, that meant October 5.
- A federal judge extended the deadline late on October 5, to October 23.
- Now the 9th Circuit of Appeals has changed that to October 15th.
- If you’re not registered to vote, and you want to do so, go NOW.
- Read more…
The 9th Circuit Court sides with Arizona, overturning federal Judge Steven P. Logan.
Ok, we appear to have a final, final Voter Registration deadline: October 15. This is from the Arizona Secretary of State’s twitter account:
Here’s what has happened so far:
Longstanding statute states that voter registration ends 29 days before the election. This year, the election takes place on November 3, so voter registration should have ended on October 5.
At the very last minute, on October 5, in response to a lawsuit, federal Judge Steven P. Logan ruled that deadline should be extended to October 23.
You can read about that here: https://copperstate.news/state-news/item/320-two-last-minute-voting-decisions-from-court-create-more-election-uncertainty
Despite stating that she didn’t agree with the ruling, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs declined to appeal. Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich appealed anyway on behalf of the State of Arizona. The SOS Hobbs reversed and added her appeal.
Yesterday, the 9th Circuit reversed Logan’s ruling, rolling back the registration date to October 15. One of the judges wanted to invalidate any registrations after October 5, but the other two judges disagreed. They determined the last day should be Thursday, October 15.
You can read the legal opinion here. In addition to stopping voter registration, the 9th Circuit had harsh words for Judge Logan.
So, if you have not registered to vote yet, you have until close of business on October 15 to do so. Go online to register at the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.