Arizona AG strikes back at DOJ over election integrity lawsuit

by Samantha Flom

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s patience appears to be wearing thin with the Biden Department of Justice following the announcement that it was suing Arizona for “restrictive voter registration requirements.” 

“It’s another round of Brnovich v. Biden as his DOJ continues its attempts to undermine our election integrity laws,” Brnovich tweeted Tuesday in response to the lawsuit. “I will see you in court. Again.”

Specifically, the DOJ complaint challenges Arizona’s recently-passed House Bill 2492, which requires residents to provide “satisfactory evidence of citizenship” to be eligible to vote. The law will take effect in January.

“House Bill 2492’s onerous documentary proof of citizenship requirement for certain federal elections constitutes a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act,” contended Kristen Clarke, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, in a Tuesday press release.

“For nearly three decades, the National Voter Registration Act has helped to move states in the right direction by eliminating unnecessary requirements that have historically made it harder for eligible voters to access the registration rolls,” Clarke continued. “Arizona has passed a law that turns the clock back on progress by imposing unlawful and unnecessary requirements that would block eligible voters from the registration rolls for certain federal elections.”

In its complaint, the DOJ states that House Bill 2492 contravenes the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. The ruling holds that a previous proof-of-citizenship requirement in Arizona was “pre-empted by the NVRA’s mandate that States ‘accept and use’ the Federal Form” for voter registration, which merely requires applicants to swear under penalty of perjury that they are U.S. citizens.

Following the DOJ’s announcement, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., weighed in on the matter via Twitter, writing: “DOJ doesn’t think you should prove that you’re an American to vote in an American election. DOJ is suing Arizona over proof of citizenship requirements. Unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake had a shorter response, tweeting, “F (& I cannot stress this enough) JB.”

The lawsuit comes amid growing election integrity concerns in the Grand Canyon State, where many still question the validity of the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Last month, inventor and entrepreneur Jovan Pulitzer presented additional evidence to Arizonan politicians and candidates of 2020 election fraud from a forensic analysis he conducted into the paper ballots used in the Maricopa County election.

“There is sufficient and irrefutable evidence of pervasive voter fraud and widespread election fraud in Maricopa County, Arizona,” Pulitzer said at the June 27 event, at which he announced his finding that President Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, won Maricopa County with 59 percent of the vote.

As evidence continues to surface challenging the prevailing narrative of what happened on Nov. 3, 2020, voters in Arizona and around the country will undoubtedly be watching closely to see how the court rules on election integrity laws like House Bill 2492.

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