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Ducey signs bill limiting post-election ballot signature fix

Doug Ducey
Posted at 5:04 PM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 20:04:14-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona election officials won't be able to create a grace period after an election for voters who forget to sign their ballot to fix the problem.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill requiring any mail ballots to be signed by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.

The measure was approved in the Legislature in party-line votes.

It codifies in state law the rules as implemented for the 2020 election and blocks a five-day curing period after the election, which Secretary of State Katie Hobbs tried unsuccessfully to implement to settle a lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation.

Before 2020, policies for handling missing signatures varied by county.