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Arizona court dockets are already getting packed with myriad election-related lawsuits that will shape the 2022 election by deciding three fundamental questions: who is allowed to vote, how people can vote and who they get to vote for.
And, because this is Arizona, the courts are still busy with fallout of the 2020 election.
Who is allowed to vote
The Democratic National Committee filed a notice of claim on Friday that sets the stage for a lawsuit against Arizona after Republican lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey enacted a new law that requires additional proof of citizenship to vote, Politico reports. There’s already another lawsuit in the works that Mi Familia Vota filed in federal court in March.
The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 struck down a down a similar law that also required proof of citizenship beyond what was outlined in the National Voter Registration Act, saying it would allow Arizona to reject voters who had satisfied the federal requirements to vote. So Arizona declared people who use that federal voter registration form, which only requires an attestation that they are citizens, “federal-only voters” because they haven’t satisfied Arizona’s proof of citizenship requirement.