Appeals Court considers blocking Arizona ballot-collection law

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal appeals court panel is considering whether to override a judge in Phoenix and instead block a new Arizona law making it a felony to collect early ballots from voters.

An attorney representing state and national Democratic groups and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged the three-judge panel on Wednesday to block the law before the Nov. 8 election. Bruce Spiva argued it will disproportionately affect Native American and Latino voters' ability to participate in November's election and U.S. Douglas L. Rayes used the wrong legal standard is assessing the law's impact.

Assistant Arizona Attorney General Karen Hartman-Tellez said Rayes got it right when he refused to block the law. She urged the three-judge panel to let that decision stand.

The panel didn't indicate when it will rule.

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