Episode 112: ADM for Sept. 29, 2022: Parts of Arizona "Cancel & Remove" Voter Registration Law Invalidated | Reminder to Check Your Registration Status

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Parts of Arizona "Cancel & Remove" Voter Registration Law Invalidated | Reminder to Check Your Registration Status
Today’s Links

Articles:

Vote.Org - Voter Registration Check Tool
Democracy Docket - U.S. District Court Decision on Arizona Senate Bill 1260
Arizona Mirror - Voting groups fight to block law that can criminalize Arizona voter registration

Groups Taking Action:
Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, Voto Latino, Fair Fight

You’re listening to the American Democracy Minute, keeping YOUR government by and for the people.

This week we’ve been talking about registering to vote, as we approach state deadlines to register before the 2022 midterms. September 26th, parts of a sketchy Arizona voter registration law were preliminarily stopped, in a likely victory for voters. But it’s also a reminder for all voters to check their registration status with their local election office.

Arizona Senate Bill 1260, signed into law earlier in 2022, has provisions which allows election officials to “cancel & remove” a registered voter from receiving a mail ballot without contacting the voter, if they only suspect that John Smith is registered elsewhere. Around the country, partisan state officials have used the voter rolls as a voter suppression tool in recent years, such as Georgia in the run-up to the 2020 election.

In the Arizona case, the U.S. District Court judge, G. Murray Snow, said in a preliminary ruling that the provision which allowed for cancellation and removal of a registered voter from the mail ballot list without personal follow up was unconstitutionally vague, could disenfranchise voters, and would likely violate the National Voting Rights Act. Another section of the bill making it a felony to send voter registration materials out of state was also cited as unconstitutionally vague.

With state legislatures making it more difficult to vote around the U.S., now is a great time to check your voter registration status, and take action if there’s a problem. We have a link to Vote.org’s registration check tool on AmericanDemocracyMinute.org
Granny D said, “Democracy is not something we HAVE, it’s something we DO!”
For the American Democracy Minute, I’m Brian Beihl.

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