PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has pushed back Arizona’s voter registration deadline by nearly three weeks because of the pandemic.
U.S. District Judge Steven Logan in Phoenix sided late Monday with organizing groups Mi Familia Vota and Arizona Coalition for Change. He ruled hours before the original deadline arrived at midnight that voter registration forms received by Oct. 23 should be considered valid.
Mi Familia Vota and the Arizona Coalition for Change filed suit last week arguing that they’ve faced higher costs and lower success rates in their voter registration efforts because of the pandemic. The suit was opposed by the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Gov. Doug Ducey.
Political organizers largely suspended in-person operations in March as the coronavirus began spreading in larger numbers. Republicans have have resumed many in-person voter education and outreach efforts while many Democratic groups are still organizing exclusively through digital means.
Arizona is a crucial battleground in the race for the presidency and control of the U.S. Senate.