The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over its legislation requiring voters to produce evidence of American citizenship before they can cast their ballots in presidential elections.
In March, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed a bill that requires voters to show proof of citizenship in presidential elections. New registrants must also provide evidence of their residency.
This week, the Biden DOJ filed a lawsuit against Arizona, claiming that the legislation is in violation of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
On the basis that they violate Section 6 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and Section 101 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the United States has filed an action against certain sections of HB 2492.
“One of HB 2492’s provisions runs afoul of the NVRA as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an earlier effort by Arizona to impose a documentary proof of citizenship requirement on people who register to vote using the mail voter registration form provided by the EAC.”
“HB 2492 is in direct conflict with existing law because it compels Arizona registrants to submit additional documentation proving their US citizenship to local election officials if those officials are unable to otherwise verify the applicant’s citizenship status.”
The Biden administration has asked the court in Arizona to prevent election officials from enforcing the requirement that voters possess documentary proof of citizenship.
The lawsuit is United States v. Arizona, No. 2:22-cv-01124-SRB in the District of Arizona’s U.S. District Court.