Original article by ACLU
After widespread issues with voter registration, an investigation was conducted, which showed that many Arizona agencies are violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
How are Arizona Agencies violating the law?
According to the ACLU, Legal violations exposed by the investigation include:
- During change of address transactions conducted in ADOT offices, the agency requires voters to opt in to have their voter registration address updated, rather than using an opt-out procedure as required by the NVRA.
- When Arizonans change their address online through ServiceArizona.com, the authorized website for ADOT’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), voter registration information is not automatically updated as required by the NVRA.
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which administers the Arizona Medicaid program, are required by the NVRA to provide voter registration applications to all clients who do not decline an application in writing, but this is not happening in all circumstances.
- Third-party contractors that work with DES to sign Arizonans up for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program do not appear to offer voter registration services as required by the NVRA.
- Most state agency offices that are required by law to provide voter registration materials in Spanish and/or Native American languages are not fulfilling that obligation.
What’s does this mean for Arizona voters?
- The lack of provision of the voter registration services through SNAP, DES, and AHCCCS is illegal and “disproportionately harms voter participation by low-income Arizonans and people of color.”
- Arizona has seen a 60% reduction in voter registration in the last ten years.
- The result is that thousands of eligible voters have not been provided the chance to register to vote and their voices have not been heard.
To see the full list of violations, check out the link to the letter to Secretary Reagan, at the bottom of the ACLU article “Arizona Agencies including the Department of Transportation, the Medicaid program, and the Department of Economic Security are not complying with the National Voter Registration Act“written “by the ACLU, the ACLU of Arizona, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law was submitted on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, and Promise Arizona.”