State of Arizona

Arizona Citizenship Requirement Challenge (LUCHA)

Living United for Change in Arizona v. Hobbs

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), League of United Latin American Citizens, Arizona Students’ Association and ADRC Action challenging Arizona’s restrictive new proof of citizenship law, House Bill 2492. The law requires Arizonans using federal forms to register to vote to provide documents proving their citizenship. This applies to future registrants as well as retroactively to voters who registered when there was not a proof of citizenship requirement. If voters do not provide proof of citizenship, they will not be able to vote in future presidential elections or by mail. Further, H.B. 2492 requires voters to provide their birthplace on their voter registration form, even though this information is immaterial to a voter’s eligibility to vote in Arizona. The plaintiffs argue that this law will pose particular burdens on naturalized citizens and that providing documentation of citizenship is unnecessary when voters already attest to their citizenship status under penalty of perjury on voter registration forms. The lawsuit argues that this law imposes undue burdens on the right to vote and discriminates against eligible voters in violation of the First and 14th Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the National Voter Registration Act. The case was consolidated with Mi Familia Vota v. Hobbs; all future filings and updates can be found on that case page.

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