Democrats filed federal lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia and Texas last week challenging the process of determining the order that candidate names appear on election ballots. In 11 of 15 counties across Arizona, including Maricopa, the state’s largest county, the order that candidate names appear on a ballot for partisan elections is decided by which party wins the gubernatorial race.
So, for 80 percent of the voters in this state, the placement order of candidate names puts Republicans ahead of every other party candidate. That’s because state law mandates that placement of candidate names is based on the party of the candidate who won the governor’s office — in this case Republican Doug Ducey.
Social science, Democrats say, has proven that candidates at the top of a ballot fare better than those on the bottom. The “primacy effect” according to those supporting the lawsuit, proves that humans remember the first piece of information they encounter better than information presented after that.
It’s also unconstitutional, according to the lawsuit, violating the Equal Amendment Clause of the 14th Amendment by treating “ … similarly-situated major party candidates differently.”
As with many assumptions often made by Democrats, this lawsuit puts the intelligence of voters in question and ignores selective facts.
In this case, accusing Republicans of putting an “invisible thumb” on the process of determining the order of candidate placement appears to ignore the reality that in all three states where federal lawsuits were filed, the GOP has a significant voter registration majority. More people didn’t vote for Republicans because they were on the top of the ballot — they voted for GOP candidates because more were Republican.
— Sierra Vista Herald