The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona after the state enacted a new voting law that would require proof of citizenship in order to vote in presidential elections.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich tweeted a response on Wednesday, vowing to defend the law and state “in court … against the lawlessness of the Biden Administration.”
“In addition to free rooms and transportation for those illegally entering our country, the DOJ now wants to give them a chance to vote. I will once again be in court defending Arizona against the lawlessness of the Biden administration,” Brnovich’s tweet read.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law in March. “Election integrity means counting every lawful vote and prohibiting any attempt to illegally cast a vote,” Ducey wrote in a letter at the signing of the bill. “H.B. 2492 is a balanced approach that honors Arizona’s history of making voting accessible without sacrificing security in our elections.”
Asst. Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, opposing the bill, said:
“House Bill 2492’s onerous documentary proof of citizenship requirement for certain federal elections constitutes a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act. 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. The Justice Department will continue to use every available tool to protect all Americans’ right to vote and to ensure that their voices are heard,” Clarke said in a statement.
Clarke had previously reached out to Brnovich to inform him of the upcoming lawsuit. Brnovich responded to Clarke by saying, “Please be assured that I will defend this law to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary,” Brnovich also questioned why the Biden administration “would use its resources to challenge a common sense law in Arizona designed to guard against non-citizen voting, while the Biden Administration is simultaneously opening our borders to encourage a flood of illegal immigration.”
Brnovich continued, “Is the federal government attempting to undermine our sovereignty and destabilize our election infrastructure? I hope that is not your intention. I strongly urge you to reconsider your pursuit of this misguided suit and to instead recognize Arizona’s constitutional authority to conduct lawful and secure elections.”
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