Federal Judge Rules That Arizona Cannot Enforce New Laws in 2022 Election


A federal judge has ruled Arizonan officials may not implement a new election law during the approaching midterm elections.

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Arizona’s new election law cannot be enforced during midterms

The order from U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on September 8 stated the following:

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and other authorities “shall not take any steps to enforce or impose H.B. 2243 in a way that would eliminate voters’ right to vote in the 2022 general election or invalidate any otherwise-valid ballot on the basis of H.B. 2243.”

The Arizona AA Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity Coalition, state representatives, including Hobbs and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, submitted a joint accord and suggested order to the court earlier this week.

Bolton was accepting the joint agreement.

“The provisions of H.B. 2243 should not operate in a way that would preclude any voter from (1) voting in the next November 2022 general election or (2) having their vote be counted,” the officials and the coalition, which brought the lawsuit against the measure in August, agreed.

Hobbs and Brnovich also concluded because one of the laws that the bill amends is not going into effect until then, the modifications to the state election code shouldn’t go into effect until January 1, 2023.

The coalition’s May Tiwamangkala made the following comments in a statement:

“While we are delighted with this early compromise that safeguards the right to vote in the next election, we stay committed in our pledge to continue to battle this voter suppression legislation for the long term.”

“We are defending the rights of all voters in our state, including members of the AANHPI groups,” the statement reads.

Requests for comment to the offices of Hobbs, a Democrat running for governor, and Brnovich, a Republican who lost in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, went unanswered, unfortunately.

Rep. Jake Hoffman of the state’s Republican Party did not respond to a question either.

Canceling voter registration for those who moved to a different state

The legislation modifies the voter registration statute. Thus far, this statute declares that if a voter transfers to another state, their registration would be terminated.

According to Hoffman, this only adds a line to the voter registration form that reads as follows:

“I, as a voter that is choosing to enroll, say you have the option to obey the existing law and withdraw me from the rolls if I relocate indefinitely out of this state.”

By allegedly discouraging people from registering to vote, the equity coalition said in its lawsuit the statute was “intended to and serves to suppress voters of color and naturalized citizens.”

The judge-approved agreement denies the allegations’ validity in any way shape or form. This is a major break amid various battles over election security.