Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill on Wednesday that would require all Grand Canyon residents to provide proof of citizenship and residency in order to register for the federal election.
“Electoral integrity means counting every legitimate vote and prohibiting any attempt at illegal voting,” the governor wrote in a letter supporting the bill, calling it a “balanced approach” to making voting accessible and protecting elections.
Previously, Arizona citizens required by law to provide proof of citizenship and residency for state elections only. Arizonans who wanted to vote in the federal elections only had to testify under penalty of perjury that they were citizens, but didn’t have to show proof.
Ducey claimed in his letter that more than 11,000 voters failed to provide proof of citizenship in the 2020 general election, up from just 21 in 2014.
The new legislation requires election officials to verify the citizenship status of any voter who submits a federal voter registration form that does not include the required documentation.
If non-citizens register to vote, the state attorney general’s office will likely investigate and prosecute under Arizona law.
Arizonans who registered to vote prior to 2004 — when the state implemented its executive order requiring citizenship for state elections — and failed to provide proof to election officials will not be affected by the law, Ducey claimed.
The law is scheduled to go into effect 90 days after the last day of the Arizona legislative session, April 19.
State Assemblyman Jake Hoffman, the Republican sponsor of the bill, said he is confident the legislation will survive any legal challenge.
“HB2492 is an incredibly well-crafted piece of legislation that has a solid legal foundation and broad support from voters across all political parties,” he told CNN on Wednesday. “I am confident that should Democrats challenge HB2492 in court, it will only serve to further reinforce its clear constitutionality.”
The newly signed law is expected to be challenged due to a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that prevented Arizona from requiring proof of citizenship from voters registering on federal forms.
Some critics say the legislation will hurt voters who don’t have a valid state driver’s license or ID card, or don’t have the documentation readily available — such as college students, elderly residents and Native Americans.
Also on Wednesday, Ducey signed several other controversial bills, including a ban on abortions after 15 weeks, a measure barring transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams and banning gender confirmation surgery for anyone under the age of 18.
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