Then there’s this problem of what Ensign is saying is the lack of legislative intent to discriminate, even though the numbers Ott cited back it up.
In the complaint, the challengers cite a statement made by Kavanagh, a supporter of the legislative changes, made to CNN.
âThe quantity is important, but we also need to look at the quality of the votes,â he said earlier this year. But Ensign said none of this suggests a discriminatory goal.
“In fact, a simple reading of Representative Kavanagh’s statement suggests a non-racially discriminatory ground,” he said, saying lawmakers clarified their comments to say they were talking about a lack of informed voters. .
And while Kavanagh’s comments could be seen as showing a discriminatory purpose, Ensign said that couldn’t be extrapolated to show that was the motive of all lawmakers who voted to make the change.
In filing a lawsuit, Ott argues lawmakers passed the changes because they were not happy with the 2020 election results.
âArizonaers of color were able to elect prime presidential and vice-presidential candidates,â he said, with 59% of voters of color voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, including 61% Latinos. And Ott said 80% of the votes cast in the Arizona portion of the Navajo and Hopi tribes were for the Biden-Harris ticket.