Experts are raising fears that a new election law in Arizona leaves a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to vote in this year’s election.
Arizona, being one of the swing states in the 2024 presidential election, has a provision in its election laws that could allow non-citizens to vote in upcoming elections.
According to Daily Caller, the state’s Election Procedures Manual (EPM), which was created by Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes (D), allows individuals whose citizenship cannot be verified to register as federal-only voters.
“An otherwise eligible registrant who does not submit DPOC (proof of citizenship) and whose U.S. citizenship cannot be verified via AZMVD records or other record in the statewide voter registration database is registered as a ‘federal-only’ voter. A ‘federal-only’ voter is eligible to vote solely in races for federal office in Arizona (including the Presidential Preference Election (PPE)),” the EPM states.
Arizona Election Law May Enable Non-Citizens To Vote In 2024 Presidential Election, Experts Warn https://t.co/icX0WPDd8X
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 3, 2024
The EPM also states that if the AZMD records do not show that the individual has a non-citizen authorized presence designation, such as an “F-Type” driver’s license, they will be registered if they submit a sworn statement.
Ken Cuccinelli, national chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative (ETI), expressed his concerns to the outlet.
“Adrain Fontes could have used his elections procedures manual to help close the decade-old loophole regarding non-citizen voting in Arizona elections,” Cuccinelli said. “Instead, he made it even worse, allowing non-citizens and individuals who have failed to prove their U.S. citizenship to vote in the Presidential Preference Election in 2024.”
The EPM cites the Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Supreme Court decision from 2013. The case was brought in by left-wing groups challenging Arizona’s law that requires citizenship verification for voter registration. The court ruled in a 7-2 decision that the National Voter Registration Act supersedes Arizona’s leadership, which led to the creation of the state’s double voting system.
The America First Legal (AFL) Senior Counsel, James Rogers, also expressed his concerns to the outlet.
“The National Voter Registration Act requires that States accept and use voter registration forms created by the federal government.,” Rogers said. “More than 2000 voters in Arizona have chosen to submit federal-only forms. These 20,000 people have thus avoided the requirement to prove their citizenship, but also given up the chance to vote in state or local races”.