The Arizona legislature recently passed a bill which would require proof of a US citizenship when voting in the state.
This was pushed by Republican Rep. Jake Hoffman who has made it clear that “Non-citizens should never be allowed to vote in American elections, yet shockingly nearly 12,000 people voted in the 2020 general election for federal office without any proof of U.S. citizenship.”
The Epoch Times reported the specifics of the bill:
The state Senate passed the bill on March 23 in a 16–12 vote, with 12 Democrats voting against the bill and two others—Sens. Lela Alston and Juan Mendez—opting not to vote. The state House already passed the bill, which now heads to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk to be signed into state law.
The bill requires that every voter be a citizen of the United States and able to provide satisfactory evidence of such. The legislation states that the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections must reject any application for registration that isn’t accompanied by satisfactory evidence of citizenship.
“The Attorney General shall prosecute individuals who are found to not be United States citizens,” the bill states, referring to noncitizens who attempt to register to vote.
Democrats say the measure is part of an effort to suppress voting in the battleground state.
This topic has been a controversial one in the country since the 2020 election and many states have started speaking out on it.
In fact, Arizona isn’t the first state to enact the requirement. The state of Missouri legislature voted 96-35 to approve a bill requiring an approved photo identification.
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