Arizona Bill Could Purge People of Color from Polls
Some Republicans in the GOP-controlled Arizona State Legislature are pushing a bill to make the state's Permanent Early Voting List not so permanent. Senate Bill 1188 would purge voters from the mail-in ballot list if they don't vote in either the primary or general election for two consecutive election cycles for federal, statewide, or legislative office. The Arizona Secretary of State's Office estimates that about 200,000 voters would be removed from the list if the law had been in effect for the 2016 and 2018 elections. Opponents argue the rule would suppress voter turnout among young people and people of color. Voters on the list automatically receive a ballot in their mailbox about 27 days before an election. Roughly 75% of Arizona voters typically cast their ballot via mail. A bill signed into law by Republican Governor Doug Ducey will require voters to show the same forms of ID at early voting sites as they would at the polling place on Election Day. The legislature is also considering a bill that would outlaw paying someone based on the number of voters they register. Those who register voters could still be paid, but only on an hourly or salaried basis. House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has already targeted Georgia, Texas, and Kansas for voter suppression efforts. Don’t be surprised if the next round of inquiries is directed toward Arizona. Stay tuned. More here.