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Lawsuit challenges law that could purge voters who are registered to vote in multiple counties

Groups that help people sign up to vote are asking a federal judge to block a new state law that could leave some people without any registration. It also has a provision making it a felony to register another person without checking if they are signed up somewhere else.

Attorney Daniel Arrellano is representing the groups Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, Voto Latino, and Priorities U.S.A. He says the law requires county recorders to cancel a person’s registration when learning they are registered to vote somewhere else. 

The provision could also allow for credible third parties to let the recorder know if they have evidence that someone is registered in multiple places.

Sen. J.D. Mesnard who authored the bill said it is not an attempt to catch people who make innocent mistakes but to stop people from knowingly facilitating fraud. 

No date has been set for the hearing. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.