WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican lawmakers in Arizona are rallying behind a new ballot measure that would impose strict voter ID requirements on early ballots. The measure, which is sponsored by a conservative group called Arizona Free Enterprise Club, takes a failed piece of legislation proposed by Republicans in the state Senate and repackages it as a ballot measure that the group is campaigning to have included on the 2022 Arizona general election ballot. They need over a quarter of a million signatures in favor of the effort by next July in order to place the measure on the ballot.
New identification requirements for early ballots would affect most Arizonans. 3 million of the state’s 3.4 million voters cast a ballot early last election. The ballot measure also increases ID requirements for voters casting a ballot in person.