Justice Department Sues Arizona Over New Voting Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona on July 5 to block a new law that requires proof of citizenship to register to vote in federal elections.

In the lawsuit, the Justice Department argues that House Bill 2492, signed by Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey in March, violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by requiring documented proof of citizenship in any federal election.

Arizona law already requires state residents who want to register to vote in state elections to provide proof of citizenship. However, the new law extends those requirements to residents who are only voting in federal elections.

“Arizona has passed a law that turns the clock back on progress by imposing unlawful and unnecessary requirements that would block eligible voters from the registration rolls for certain federal elections,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department said in a statement.

The Justice Department also said in the lawsuit that the Supreme Court rejected a previous attempt by the state to require proof of citizenship in 2013.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said that the Justice Department “continues its attempts to undermine our election integrity laws.”

“It is curious that the DOJ would use its resources to challenge a common-sense law in Arizona designed to guard against non-citizen voting, while the Biden Administration is simultaneously opening our borders to encourage a flood of illegal immigration,” Brnovich also said

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