Citing clear evidence that numerous low-income Arizona residents have been denied the opportunity to register to vote, the League of Women Voters of Arizona and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) sent official notice today to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, as well to the heads of three Arizona public assistance agencies (the Department of Economic Security, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, and the Department of Health Services), that the state is violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The notification letter calls on Secretary Bennett, as Arizona’s chief election official, and the other officials to take the necessary corrective action to ensure Arizona’s public assistance offices comply with the NVRA. The letter notes that although the State entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2008, which has since expired, the state continues to violate key provisions of the NVRA. The voting rights groups also offer in the letter to work cooperatively with Secretary Bennett and state officials to help Arizona avoid litigation and come into compliance with the NVRA.
Legal representation is being provided to the two organizations by voting rights attorneys from Project Vote, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the ACLU of Arizona.