The Department of Justice is suing the State of Arizona over a law requiring voters to provide proof of U.S. citizenship in order to vote in the country’s elections.
In a court complaint filed on Tuesday, the DOJ alleged that House Bill 2492 violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Kristen Clarke, head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, called Arizona’s House Bill 2492, which also requires proof-of-citizenship to vote by mail in any federal election, a “textbook violation” of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.
The law would be slated to take effect in Jan. 1 2023. The complaint alleges the law would purge thousands of voters from the rolls.
“For nearly three decades, the National Voter Registration Act has helped to move states in the right direction by eliminating unnecessary requirements that have historically made it harder for eligible voters to access the registration rolls,” Clarke said. “Arizona has passed a law that turns the clock back on progress by imposing unlawful and unnecessary requirements that would block eligible voters from the registration rolls for certain federal elections.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed the law in March that would prohibit “any attempt to illegally cast a vote.”
Ducey called it a “balanced approach that honors Arizona’s history of making voting accessible without sacrificing security in our elections.”
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his plans to fight the lawsuit.
“In addition to free rooms and transportation for those illegally entering our country, the DOJ now wants to give them a chance to vote,” he said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “It’s another round of Brnovich v. Biden. I will once again be in court defending Arizona against the lawlessness of the Biden administration.”
In June, New York’s state Supreme Court blocked New York City’s attempt to allow non-citizens and illegal aliens to vote in elections. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled in favor of states that passed election integrity laws in the aftermath of the 2020 election.