George Soros tried to use a ballot initiative to override Arizona’s new election law, which is the way it works in the Grand Canyon State.
But the state Supreme Court dealt him a final blow after it ruled that he didn’t have enough signatures for his ballot initiative to appear on the ballot in November.
Here’s more via Breitbart:
Supporters for election integrity scored a major victory Friday when the Arizona Supreme Court held that Proposition 210 — a ballot initiative to undo Arizona’s new election integrity law, financed with George Soros’s money — cannot be on the November ballot due to a lack of valid signatures.
Arizona is one of the states that, in the aftermath of the 2020 election, decided that statutory reforms were needed to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat, to increase public confidence in the election result.
Under the Arizona Constitution, laws passed by elected legislatures can be overridden by ballot initiatives. Many of these initiatives impose measures that lawmakers reject after careful consideration.
Billionaire activist George Soros largely funded the latest effort to override the elected legislature in the Grand Canyon State as his Open Society Foundation, as well as another activist group called Way to Win — which claims credit for Democrat victories in 2020 — funded a ballot initiative through a left-wing group with the euphemistic name: Arizonans for Free and Fair Elections. The well-financed activists submitted over 475,000 signatures.
Conservatives challenged the validity of these signatures. After a round of litigation, the Arizona Supreme Court sent the matter back to a Maricopa County judge for a final assessment. The trial judge held last week that the organizers had barely met the necessary 239,926 signatures, clearing that hurdle by only a couple thousand votes.
But on appeal again to the Arizona Supreme Court, the justices held on Thursday that they were “unable to verify the validity rate used by the trial court” and ordered the trial judge to explain his calculation by midday Friday. When the trial judge failed to justify his calculations, the Arizona Supreme Court concluded that the ballot initiative did not have enough legal signatures to proceed to November’s election.
Had it succeeded, the Soros-backed measure would have repealed Arizona’s election integrity laws for the 2024 presidential election.
The successful challenge to the Soros-backed initiative was a coalition effort. The lawsuit was filed by Scot Mussi, president of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club — the same organization that won a U.S. Supreme Court victory against another election ballot initiative in 2011. Mussi was supported in his efforts by Jason Snead of the Honest Elections Project, Jessica Anderson of Heritage Action, and other election integrity proponents like Blackwell and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Thank goodness for the coalition of conservatives that challenged these signatures. That’s where this battle was fought and won and their victory protects the new Arizona election law, which will hopefully bear fruit in this election and the big one in two years.
As an aside, I wonder how much the trial judge was paid for his phony calculation that ended up failing under scrutiny.