Federal-only voters in Arizona enough to swing the election

Arizona MirrorOnly a small number of people in Arizona cast federal-only ballots in the 2018 election, an option that’s available for people who don’t provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

State law requires people to show proof of citizenship to register to vote, which voters approved as Proposition 200 in 2004. But the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires states to accept federal voter registration forms, which don’t have a proof-of-citizenship requirement, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that Arizona can’t reject those forms, despite the disparity between state and federal law on the issue.

As a result, then-Secretary of State Ken Bennett implemented a dual-registration system in which people who don’t show proof of citizenship can still register to vote in Arizona, but are only eligible to vote in federal races.

So, if you are in Arizona illegally, you can register to vote using a Motor-Voter form that does not require proof of citizenship, but you can only vote in federal races. I'd rather have proof of citizenship for all voters -- it seems like other states are even more vulnerable to people using the same federal forms. But it does provide a way to guesstimate how many people in Arizona voted while maybe not being citizens.

So how many was that this year?

Enough to swing the Presidential race in Arizona.

This entry was published Tue Nov 17 15:39:59 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-11-17 15:39:59.0. [Tweet]

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