AZ toughens citizenship checks for voting registration

Just The NewsArizona lawmakers approved new voter restrictions that supporters said ensure only U.S. citizens can cast ballots but opponents said will wipe countless voters off the state’s rolls.

A unanimous Republican caucus approved House Bill 2492 on Wednesday in the Senate, sending the legislation to Gov. Doug Ducey for consideration.

While Arizona is one of the few states that already require proof of citizenship before registering to vote, residents can bypass that by registering for a federal-only ballot under the National Voter Registration Act and can vote on federal contests.

HB 2492 would require counties to check those individuals for citizenship against multiple databases. Counties must reject any federal applications if they find the individual is not a U.S. citizen. Any official knowingly ignoring the requirement could be charged with a Class 6 felony.

This is a very important change that other states should make sure to put into place. The federal "motor voter" registration bypasses citizenship checks. Ther were enough federal-only votes in Arizona to change the results in 2020; I checked at the time.

This entry was published Fri Apr 22 23:17:10 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2022-04-22 23:17:10.0. [Tweet]

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