(UnitedVoice.com) – Numerous GOP-led states enacted new voter reform laws that they argue make voting easier and cheating harder in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. Since 2020, Arizona has joined Georgia and Texas, in reforming election laws. Arizona’s governor is a Republican, and the GOP controls the statehouse. Democrats sued in federal court to reverse the Grand Canyon State’s new measures, but so far, the US Supreme Court has refused their arguments against the new voting provisions.
On Wednesday, March 30, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed legislation that would require voters to demonstrate proof of citizenship when casting a ballot. As one can imagine, anti-voter ID proponents are unhappy with the bill. They say it will disenfranchise tens of thousands of voters or more, but the GOP disputes their claims.
New Election Law Draws Scrutiny From the Left and Some County Election Officials
After the 2020 presidential election, state Republican lawmakers initiated investigations into potential cheating and wrongdoing during the election. One outcome of their studies was the introduction of House Bill 2492, which created the latest law requiring proper identification to vote.
According to ACLU lobbyist Marilyn Rodriquez, the new Arizona law establishing proof of citizenship would force thousands of voters to lose access to voting. She claimed the bill would single out retired and older voters, mostly those who have lived in Arizona for a long time. The assertion is that older voters would be purged from voter rolls because there was no requirement to show proof of citizenship the last time they registered to vote. Rodriquez claims that they would need to register to vote again to get the privilege back.
To comply with the new law, county election officials said they would have to review voter rolls to see who is affected by the law. They claim there is no way to know how many voters would be impacted until they begin their research. Election officials said it could be as high as 192,000 voters — which is the number of driver’s licenses issued before 1996 when the state revised its processes to ensure drivers were lawful residents of the United States.
Governor Disputes Critic’s Claims
Ducey disputes the claims from local election officials and voting rights activists that older voters would need to re-register to vote. In an open letter, the governor wrote that the law doesn’t interfere with safe harbor provisions previously granted to Arizonians who registered before the state’s citizenship requirement was enacted.
Still, the governor said that the integrity of elections means that only election workers should tabulate lawful votes. He added that HB 2492 balances honoring Arizona’s tradition of easy and accessible voting with securing state elections.
Legal observers expect Democrats and liberal voting rights activists to sue in federal court. With a 6 to 3 Republican-led majority seated on the nation’s highest court, the law may have a chance of surviving legal scrutiny.
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