Phoenix, AZ- Arizona Advocacy Network and fellow interveners have won a temporary stay in their nine year battle to protect the right of all eligible citizens to register to vote. Yesterday, a two judge panel from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with citizen groups and the Elections Assistance Commission blocking implementation by Arizona's and Kansas' Secretaries of State to impose unnecessary paperwork requirements on the use of the federal voter registration form. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with this same group of plaintiffs ruling that states could not impose additional requirements to register to vote when an eligible citizen uses the federal form without authorization by the EAC.
Attorneys at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law submitted an emergency stay application on behalf of Arizona Advocacy Network, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, LULAC and State Senator Steve Gallardo on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, shortly after DOJ filed its own on behalf of the EAC. A two judge panel granted the stay shortly after receiving the appeal;
 Order filed by Judges Lucero and Holmes. Temporary stay of the district court's 03/19/2014 memorandum and order is granted. The stay shall be in effect until further order of the court. Response to the stay motions due no later than 12:00 p.m. MDT (noon) on 05/13/2014 for Ken Bennett, Kris William Kobach, State of Arizona and State of Kansas. Served on 05/08/2014. [14-3062, 14-3072]
Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of Arizona Advocacy Network remarked, "It's a good day for Arizona voters and civic engagement groups helping citizens to register and vote. While politicians continue to waste dwindling tax payer dollars with their war on voters, Arizona Advocacy Network fights to protect every eligible citizen's right to vote."