How a Republican-backed voting measure could disenfranchise thousands of Arizona voters

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 11:12am
Updated: Friday, June 3, 2022 - 3:24pm

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Early ballot drop box at the Maricopa County Elections Department
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Early ballot drop box at the Maricopa County Elections Department in Phoenix.

Arizona voters will have the chance to weigh in on a new voter ID measure in November.

Earlier this year, the Arizona Legislature referred a measure to the 2022 ballot that would require voters to not only sign their early ballot, but provide additional identification, such as their birthdate, driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

A similar law in Texas that was enacted last year has a 1,300% increase in the number of absentee ballots that have gotten rejected, as first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

Arizona has used no-excuse absentee voting since 1991, and roughly 90% of the state electorate voted by mail in 2020, which despite baseless claims, did not turn up wide voter fraud.

Still, legislative Republicans have made many attempts to change the voting process, including this effort which requires voters to approve the change in November.

To help parse out the comparison between this potential law and the similar one in Texas, The Show spoke with Will Wilder of the Brennan Center for Justice.

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