The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to step in and make a judgment against the state of Arizona to keep them from enforcing a new law about who can cast a vote in the presidential election.
According to Tuscon.com, the organization claims Arizona lacks the legal authority to require evidence of citizenship from people who utilize a federal voter registration form in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who is in charge of the agency’s civil rights division, claimed that the new regulation is in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
Clarke asserted that the state is, what he called, a “repeat offender” due to their requirement from earlier this year in the form of House Bill 2492 which passed the state legislature despite a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling to the contrary.
The statute places some additional obligations on everyone who registers, obligations that the DOJ and federal law deem unlawful because the information is not “material” to determining someone’s eligibility to vote, according to Clarke.
The new rule, which will go into effect at the end of the year, states that the place of birth of each voter must be listed on voter registration forms.
“Prior to HB 2492, Arizona voter registration forms did not require applicants to provide their specific city or location of birth — and for good reason,’’ Clarke told reporters Tuesday in a telephonic news conference.
“That information is not material to establishing whether a voter is a U.S. citizen because of naturalization and expatriation patterns, among other reasons,” she said.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich pushed back against the case for the Department of Justice’s case: “In addition to free rooms and transportation for those illegally entering our country, the DoJ now wants to give them a chance to vote,’’ Brnovich, a Republican, said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “I will see you in court — again,” he said, noting he has done legal battle with the Biden administration multiple times.