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Fontes says the lawsuit over drop box voting is an effort to restrict voting rights

Adrian Fontes
Adrian Fontes at the 2023 Legislative Forecast Luncheon in January 2023.

A lawsuit has been filed against Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes over the use of drop boxes for voting. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club, which advocates for additional restrictions on voting, and a voter filed the suit.

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs said using the drop boxes “is an illegal method of voting under Arizona law.”

On PBS’s “Arizona Horizon,” Secretary Fontes said this is an effort to restrict voting rights.

“They’re trying to keep people from voting the way that they have been used to voting. They’re trying to keep our election administrators from doing their jobs on behalf of those voters, and I’m going to fight against it tooth and nail," he said.

Secretary Fontes said concerns over drop boxes only recently became an issue despite being used for years in the state.

“They’re as secure as our society wants them to be. You know, there are always risks. Our polling places are now less secure because of the conspiracy theories and election deniers. Our election workers are under threat because of the conspiracy theorists and election deniers," he said.

Fontes said Arizonans have been using drop boxes to cast their ballots since the early 1990s.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.