Courthouse News Service: Groups Cry Foul on Arizona Voter-Registration Mandates


Arizona’s voter-registration system – which uses separate forms for federal and state elections – confuses, discourages and disenfranchises tens of thousands of potential voters across the state, a group of nonprofits say in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

“It doesn’t serve any purpose other than voter suppression,” said attorney Danielle Lang, who represents the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Arizona Students’ Association. The organizations sued Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan and Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, seeking to simplify the process.

The system is an unconstitutional burden on voters, Lang said.

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