The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Arizona challenging its recently enacted voting law set to take effect in January 2023 that requires proof of citizenship in order to vote in presidential elections, according to a press release from Joe Biden’s Justice Department, as previously reported by The Freedom Times.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich responded in a statement on Twitter Wednesday, vowing to defend the Grand Canyon State “in court” against the “lawlessness of the Biden administration”.
The move from the Department of Justice comes after Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on March 30 of this year. “Election integrity means counting every lawful vote and prohibiting any attempt to illegally cast a vote,” Ducey wrote in a letter at the time he signed the bill. “H.B. 2492 is a balanced approach that honors Arizona’s history of making voting accessible without sacrificing security in our elections.”
The United States’ complaint contends that House Bill 2492 violates the National Voter Registration Act by requiring that applicants produce documentary proof of citizenship before they can vote in presidential elections or vote by mail in any federal election when they register to vote using the uniform federal registration form created by the NVRA, the DOJ’s press release states.
“House Bill 2492’s onerous documentary proof of citizenship requirement for certain federal elections constitutes a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “For nearly three decades, the National Voter Registration Act has helped to move states in the right direction by eliminating unnecessary requirements that have historically made it harder for eligible voters to access the registration rolls.”
“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. The Justice Department will continue to use every available tool to protect all Americans’ right to vote and to ensure that their voices are heard,” Clark said in a statement.
The DOJ’s complaint asks the court to prohibit Arizona from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2492 that allegedly violate the NVRA and the Civil Rights Act.
Attorney General Brnovich reacted in a statement, saying, “In addition to free rooms and transportation for those illegally entering our country, the DOJ now wants to give them a chance to vote.”
“I will once again be in court defending Arizona against the lawlessness of the Biden administration,” he vowed.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s statement:
In addition to free rooms and transportation for those illegally entering our country, the DOJ now wants to give them a chance to vote.
I will once again be in court defending Arizona against the lawlessness of the Biden administration. https://t.co/tYt3EVoEn8
— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) July 6, 2022
Additionally, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) commented on the DOJ’s “unbelievable” attempt to rid of voter ID.
“DOJ doesn’t think you should prove that you’re an American to vote in an American election. DOJ is suing Arizona over proof of citizenship requirements. Unbelievable,” he wrote Wednesday.
DOJ doesn't think you should prove that you're an American to vote in an American election.
DOJ is suing Arizona over proof of citizenship requirements.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) July 5, 2022