State of Arizona

Arizona Citizenship Requirement Challenge (Promise Arizona)

Promise Arizona v. Hobbs

Lawsuit filed on behalf of Promise Arizona and Southwest Voter Registration Education Project against Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) and county recorders challenging provisions of Arizona House Bill 2243. H.B. 2243 requires county recorders to cancel a voter’s registration if they receive information that a voter is not qualified to vote or if the county officials have a “reason to believe” that a voter is not a U.S. citizen. In their complaint, the plaintiffs assert that H.B. 2243 will “target registered Latino voters, rather than native-born and white voters, and disenfranchise registered Latino voters by removing them from the voter rolls.” The plaintiffs argue that H.B. 2243 violates several federal laws and U.S. Constitution amendments, including: the First and 14th Amendments by placing an undue burden on the right to vote, the 14th Amendment by discriminating on the basis of race and national origin, the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment by being vague, the 15th Amendment by discriminating on the basis of race in voting and Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act by purging voters from the rolls. The plaintiffs request that H.B. 2243 is held unconstitutional, the defendants are prevented from enforcing the law and the registrations of those who have been “improperly removed from the voter rolls” are restored. H.B. 2243 is blocked for the November 2022 elections as a result of a different lawsuit, Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian And Pacific Islander For Equity Coalition v. Hobbs.

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