The Arizona Supreme Court has decided a Republican member of the state House, Shawnna Bolick, can be on the ballot for re-election. The decision, which includes a compromise, is a fair one.
Ironically, Bolick is married to a member of the state’s high court, Clint Bolick, who recused himself. And the reason for the challenge is that judges are allowed to obtain a court order to hide their home address, a protection that other parts of the criminal justice system have as well. Consequently, she listed her address as a private mailbox at a UPS store.
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge had ruled that Bolick indeed is a resident of the district she represents and had substantially complied with the law. The Democratic secretary of state and Republican attorney general split over the issue along partisan lines in court filings.
The Supreme Court said Bolick’s nominating petitions were legal, except for the ones she circulated personally, which would have required her actual home address. Still, she had gathered enough signatures from the state online system to qualify for the ballot.
The decision correctly allows a person in Shawnna Bolick’s situation to serve in public office without giving up her family’s right to privacy because of her husband’s unusual job.