DNC, DSCC, DCCC, & ADP Statement on Winning Arizona Voting Rights Case
June 6, 2022
|Today, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Arizona Democratic Party released statements after successfully intervening against the Arizona Republican Party’s legal action seeking to end early and absentee voting in Arizona – a dominant form of voting in the state.
A Superior Court in Mohave County ruled against the GOP’s lawsuit this afternoon. Earlier this year Arizona’s state Supreme Court also dismissed the Republicans’ lawsuit.
From Sam Cornale, DNC Executive Director:
“Wins like this are possible because Democrats are standing up against Republican attacks on Americans’ fundamental right to vote. Today’s decision is a victory for Arizonans and for our democracy, and we will continue to work so that every eligible voter can make their voice heard.”
From Christie Roberts, DSCC Executive Director:
“Democrats will always fight to protect the right to vote and stand against Republicans’ unreasonable, politically motivated attacks on Americans’ democratic rights. Today’s decision is a victory for voting rights in Arizona and across the country.”
From Tim Persico, DCCC Executive Director:
“Despite Arizona Republicans’ cynical attempts to undermine Arizonans’ access to the ballot box for their own political benefit, the voters prevailed. Today’s decision sends a clear message to the MAGA crowd in Arizona and nationwide: you may need to revise your cheat-to-win strategy.”
From Raquel Terán, Arizona Democratic Party Chair:
“Arizona Democrats defended democracy and won, striking down the AZ GOP’s shameful, embarrassing, and unconstitutional effort to try and end early voting in our state. To the 89% of AZ voters who vote early, we are with you, and we will never stop defending your right to cast your ballot in Arizona’s long-standing safe, secure, and trusted electoral system.”
Arizonans have been voting using absentee or early ballots for nearly 100 years, and it has become the dominant means by which Arizonans vote by a wide margin. The vast majority – nearly 90% in the 2020 election – vote by early ballot.
Arizona’s Constitution explicitly guarantees the right to vote, with the only procedural limits being that votes must be cast “by ballot” or any “other method” authorized by the Legislature.
The Republicans’ proposal would itself violate the Arizona Constitution. And it would effectively invalidate all of the legislature’s laws governing any type of voting other than in-person election day voting – laws that the Legislature has been enacting in one form or another since 1925.
The impact of this Republican proposal would also create enormous challenges for Arizona’s election administration and for Arizonans – including military, tribal and younger voters in school – who live far away from a polling location.