Lawsuit filed on behalf of Mi Familia Vota and Voto Latino challenging Arizona’s voter suppression law, House Bill 2492. The law creates a new restrictive proof of citizenship requirements for voters. Before the passage of H.B. 2492, Arizonans who registered to vote using state forms had to provide proof of citizenship, but did not have to do so when using federal forms under the National Voter Registration Act. Now, new voters registering with federal forms must provide proof of citizenship documentation if they want to vote in presidential elections or vote early by mail for any office and voters who registered when there was not a proof of citizenship requirement must provide citizenship documentation to vote in presidential elections. The law also empowers the Arizona attorney general’s office to investigate voters with missing citizenship statuses. The lawsuit argues that H.B. 2492 violates the First and 14th Amendments by severely burdening the right to vote and potentially disenfranchising Arizona voters and asks the court to block the law.
The case was consolidated with Living United for Change in Arizona v. Hobbs, United States v. Arizona, Poder Latinx v. Hobbs, Democratic National Committee v. Hobbs, AZ AANHPI for Equity Coalition v. Hobbs and Promise Arizona v. Hobbs.
Because of consolidation, this lawsuit also challenges another voter suppression law, House Bill 2243, a law which 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. On Thursday, Sept. 8, a federal court temporarily blocked the implementation of Arizona House Bill 2243 by approving an agreement between the Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian And Pacific Islander For Equity Coalition (AZ AANHPI for Equity Coalition) and Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D). Litigation is ongoing.