In a major ruling limiting federal control over state-run elections, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld two voting rules in the battleground state of Arizona to ensure the “integrity of elections.”

The court, by a 6-3 vote, ruled that Arizona has every right to limit who can return early ballots for another person and to refuse to count ballots cast in the wrong precinct.

The Grand Canyon state had outlawed so-called “ballot harvesting” which blocked the collection of absentee ballots from anyone other than a family member or caregiver. The state had also approved an elections rule that threw out the counting of provisional ballots if they were cast anywhere but the voter’s home precinct.

 

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