(PatriotHeadline.com)- Voters in Arizona have filed a lawsuit requesting that their ballots are restored after learning that they were canceled because of the kind of pen used when casting their vote. The voters claim that they used Sharpie markers to fill out their votes, which were provided to them by election officials in the polling stations, which resulted in their ballots being thrown out.
The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, and it is requesting that the ballots canceled be restored. It comes as President Donald Trump files several lawsuits challenging the result of the election in four battleground states following narrow wins by Democratic candidate Joe Biden and various irregularities in the vote.
The Arizona case specifically references an incident in Maricopa County, Arizona, involving Laurie Aguilera. When attending the polling station, Aguilera says that she was given a Sharpie pen to fill out her ballot, despite election officials in the state previously warning against the use of felt tip pens when filling out ballots.
According to the suit, Aguilera became alarmed when she began filling out her ballot as she saw the ink from the pen bleeding through and appearing on the other side of the paper. Despite this happening, she says she was told to put the ballot in the counting machine.
The suit alleges that the ballot was not accepted and ultimately canceled by the poll worker. When Aguilera asked for a new ballot, she says that she was denied.
- Christian Adams, the President of the Public interest Legal Foundation, said that voters were “denied the right to vote.”
“Arizona election officials allegedly were part of the problem, and denial of the right to vote should not occur because of failures in the process of casting a ballot,” he said. “We are asking that all ballots that were uncured or denied be identified and allowed to be cured.”
The process of curing a ballot paper means taking the ballots back to the people who cast them and giving them a chance to amend them if they were filled out properly, or replaced if there is a problem with the paper.