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By Laura Hollis, Patriot Post, April 7, 2022
Voting is a privilege reserved to citizens. No one in power should be permitted to manipulate immigration policy or election laws to cancel out Americans’ votes.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey just signed into law House Bill 2492, which requires all people opting to vote only in federal elections in that state to provide proof of United States citizenship and state residency. HB 2492’s amendments to Arizona’s existing election law are brief, unremarkable and reasonable, but they close a loophole in Arizona law that state lawmakers say is being exploited.
Prior to the law’s passage, those voting in state elections were already required to provide proof of citizenship and residency, but voters casting ballots for federal elections only had no such requirement. This disparity created a worrisome trend, according to Kelli Ward, Arizona’s Republican Party chairwoman. In an op-ed for Western Journal last week, Ward explained that only 21 of the voters who cast federal-only ballots in the 2014 election did not provide proof of citizenship. In 2018, 1,700 voters who cast federal-only ballots had no proof of citizenship on file. In 2020, nearly 12,000 people without documented proof of citizenship cast ballots in the federal election. Today, more than 13,000 people are registered to vote in Maricopa County — the state’s most populous county — without providing any proof that they are United States citizens. …
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