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Circuit Court skeptical of Arizona Green Party’s ballot access claim

azgpCourthouse News Service reports a panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals “expressed doubt Wednesday over the Arizona Green Party’s claim that a 180-day signature-gathering deadline makes it unconstitutionally difficult for minor parties to qualify for the primary ballot.” During oral arguments, “the three-judge panel pointed to the Green Party’s lack of evidence showing that Arizona’s election rules cause a substantial burden.”

Attorney Julia Damron, arguing for the Greens, “said that while the Arizona Green Party has qualified for the 2016 ballot and the 2020 ballot, ‘the live controversy is ongoing.'” But Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown “noted an absence of evidence in the record to show that the rule illegally burdens minor political parties.”

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