The Biden administration has sued the state of Arizona in an effort to overturn a rule that requires voters to provide identification as citizens to cast ballots in federal elections. The Hill reports that the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, believes H.B. 2492, a state statute in Arizona, is “a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act.” The Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to the DOJ’s complaint, is also violated by the necessity to provide evidence of citizenship to vote.
The complaint claims that the current state statute violates a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that rejected Arizona’s prior effort to demand proof of citizenship for voters. Additionally, the DOJ asserts that a portion of the statute violates the Civil Rights Act by requiring election officials to reject some voter registration applications due to “errors or omissions that are not material to establishing a voter’s eligibility to cast a ballot.” Arizona’s Republican-led attempt to protect elections has already been the target of Biden’s Civil Rights Division.
The assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke stated that “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. 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.”