The US Department of Justice sued the state of Arizona on Tuesday over new voting rules that federal officials say violate civil rights laws.
Signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this year, Bill 2492 requires certain voters to submit proof of citizenship when registering to vote using a federal form.
Voters who do not provide proof of citizenship will not be allowed to vote for president or vote by mail.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a similar policy in 2013, and in its lawsuit, the Justice Department argues the law violates the National Voter Registration Act.
A separate provision of the law requires voters to state their place of birth when registering to vote using an official form.
The Justice Department trial argues that the requirement is immaterial in determining whether a voter is a citizen and has the right to vote.
“Arizona has passed legislation that is rolling back progress by imposing illegal and unnecessary requirements that would prevent eligible voters from getting on the registration rolls for certain federal elections,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in a statement. a statement.
The lawsuit noted that Legislature staff warned lawmakers that Bill 2492 would run afoul of the U.S. Supreme Court’s previous ruling. But Republican lawmakers went ahead and passed the law on a party-line vote. The lawsuit quoted state Rep. Travis Grantham, a Gilbert Republican, as saying that trying to pass similar legislation again “is a worthwhile fight.”
Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, said he would defend the law in court.
“It’s another round of Brnovich against Biden as his DOJ continues its attempts to undermine our election integrity laws,” Brnovich said on Twitter.