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Bill requiring proof of US citizenship passes Arizona Legislature

A bill passed by the Arizona Legislature on March 23 will ensure that only citizens of the United States with identification can register to vote there.

A voter registration form in Arizona would require proof of citizenship under House Bill 2492.

Lela Alston and Juan Mendez, two Democrats who didn't cast votes, voted against Senate Bill 48, which passed by 16 to 12 votes on March 23. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey now must sign into law the bill after the state House has passed it.

All voters must be citizens of the United States and able to provide satisfactory proof. According to the law, any application for registration that fails to provide satisfactory proof of citizenship will be rejected by the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections.

Any person found to not be a citizen of the United States will be prosecuted by the Attorney General, as is the case with individuals seeking to register to vote.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Warren Petersen, a Republican senator, said House Bill 2492 would bolster election integrity while he testified on March 23 on why it should become state law.

“The issue is making sure the citizens of our country are voting … and if you’re not a citizen of this country, you’re not allowed to vote,” he said.

24 March 2022


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