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Justice Department sues Arizona over new election law requiring proof of citizenship

Jul 5, 2022, 4:19 PM
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 08:  A Maricopa County Elections Department sign directs voters to a polling...
PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 08: A Maricopa County Elections Department sign directs voters to a polling station on November 8, 2016 in Cave Creek, Arizona. Throughout the country, millions of Americans are casting their votes today for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to become the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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(CNN) — The Justice Department sued the state of Arizona Tuesday to block a law that would require proof of citizenship to register to vote in the state.

The law, which Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed in March, is set to take effect in January.

According to the lawsuit, the Supreme Court rejected Arizona’s previous attempt to require proof of citizenship in 2013, and the Justice Department argues this new law violates the National Voter Registration Act because it requires documented proof of citizenship in federal elections.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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Justice Department sues Arizona over new election law requiring proof of citizenship