Elections Assistance Commission Denies Request to Require Additional Paperwork from Voters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Phoenix,AZ- The Elections Assistance Committee has denied the requests of politicians in Arizona, Kansas, and Georgia that the Federal Form be amended to include more paperwork and additional, unnecessary proof-of-citizenship for eligible citizens to register to vote. The EAC issued its decision late Friday.

“The decision is clear, direct, careful, detailed, and comprehensive.  It soundly rejects the politicians' claim that, in order to maintain accurate voter registration rolls, it is necessary to require that applicants provide more proof of citizenship,” said Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of Arizona Advocacy Network. The decision cites several times the comments Arizona Advocacy Network and other ITCA plaintiffs submitted, in which Arizona Advocacy Network strongly argued that the states' government had failed completely to demonstrate that their requirements are necessary.

 

 Arizona Advocacy Network expects that Arizona and Kansas will now return to court to try to overturn the EAC's decision. Arizona Advocacy Network will be there to defend it and are grateful for the representation of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.Arizona’s two-class voter system is not part of this challenge, but the EAC’s decision will help in the future as Arizona Advocacy Network considers ways to challenge it. Read the EAC statement.