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Challenge filed to law barring collecting mail-in ballots in Arizona

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PHOENIX  — Another legal challenge has been filed to a 2016 law that bars groups in Arizona from collecting early mail-in ballots from voters and delivering them as part of get-out-the-vote efforts.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to bar officials from enforcing the law and alleges the statute is unconstitutional because it’s trumped by federal law.

It argues the state is trying to regulate the delivery of mail-in ballots, even though federal law lets private citizens mail items that belong to others if they do so without getting paid.

Nearly two months ago, a federal judge rejected another attempt to overturn the Arizona law.

The law bans anyone but caregivers or family members from delivering a completed early ballot to a polling place.

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