Here is the Court's conclusion:
We interpret the Seventeenth Amendment, in light of Valenti and Rodriguez, to confer at least as much temporal discretion upon the States as was exercised by Arizona in
A.R.S. § 16-222 as applied to the vacancy created by Senator McCain’s death. Given this authorization by the Seventeenth Amendment, we further conclude that the vacancy election timing challenged here does not impermissibly burden the right to vote under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
AZ Law has reached out to the parties for comment, and will update this article as warranted.
h/t to Eric Spencer at Arizona Election Law for first noting this opinion.
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