AP: Lawyers dismiss Arizona lawsuit over 'Sharpie ballots'

Posted at 4:48 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 19:48:04-05

(KGTV) — Attorneys who challenged the use of Sharpies to complete election ballots in Phoenix are dismissing their lawsuit, according to the Associated Press.

Roopali Desai, an attorney for Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, told the AP she was notified Saturday that lawyers who filed the lawsuit are ending their case.

The lawsuit stemmed from allegations that election equipment was not able to record a voter's ballot because she used a Sharpie to complete it. Arizona election officials have said that voting with a Sharpie doesn't invalidate ballots.

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The AP said no reason was immediately given as to why the lawyers dismissed their case.

Election officials in Arizona and San Diego have said that ballots filled out with a Sharpie can still be counted. Even if the ink bleeds through a ballot, the ink won't mark another contest and cancel out votes on the other side, officials say.

"Regardless, using a Sharpie does not invalidate the ballot. Our voting system prevents a situation where if a voter uses a Sharpie to vote and it bleeds through to the other side, it will not impact any 'bubbles' on the opposite side," the San Diego Registrar of Voters said on Thursday.

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Arizona election officials told the AP that there is also a process that keeps the ballots from being canceled out if problems arise.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.