(ConservativeHub.com) – After the 2020 presidential election, state-level lawmakers began taking a second look at their voting laws. States like Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania got dragged into election integrity battles and lawsuits, and now, their legislatures are trying to ensure that doesn’t happen again. Last week, the Arizona Senate fulfilled that mandate by passing a measure that would require every voter to have proof of US citizenship.
On Monday, March 21, the Arizona House of Representatives approved multiple voting reform bills, sending them over to the Senate for consideration. Then, on Wednesday, March 23, the Senate approved one of those bills, House Bill 2492, by a 16 to 12 vote. The new bill is heading to the governor’s desk and, if signed, will require all Arizona voters to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote or within 30 days of registering.
The Epoch Times shared another aspect of the legislation on Twitter:
“The Attorney General shall prosecute individuals who are found to not be United States citizens,” the bill states.
The #Arizona Legislature passed a bill that would ensure only US citizens with #VoterID are eligible to register to vote in the state. https://t.co/05dtwWVlRk
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) March 24, 2022
State Representative Jake Hoffman (R) told the Arizona Daily Independent in his state, “[almost] 12,000 people voted in the 2020 general election… without any proof of US citizenship.” Hoffman is clearly a strong proponent of this bill, as he stated it will give voters “confidence that every legally cast ballot matters.” However, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) asked Governor Doug Ducey (R) to veto the bill, claiming it would add “unnecessary barriers” for the state’s voters. Now, it’s up to him to decide if it becomes law. Do you think other states will follow suit?
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