Arizona Sate Rep. Jake Hoffman’s election integrity bill, HB2237, which prohibits same day voter registration, is headed to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk after the Senate passed it on Tuesday.
The bill also makes registering a person to vote on election day and deeming the newly registered person eligible to vote in that election, a class 6 felony.
State law prohibits a voter from voting in an election unless they have been “registered to vote as a resident and the registration has been received by the county recorder or recorder’s designee before midnight 29 days before the election (A.R.S. § 16-120).”
“Same day voter registration is one of the most toxic voter registration schemes employed by Democrats across the country,” Hoffman told the Arizona Daily Independent. “Today Arizona took a huge step in the fight for election integrity by banning this insecure and fraud-prone practice outright. Whether they’re DC Democrats like Pelosi and AOC or their equally as extreme Arizona counterparts like Fontes and the racist Katie Hobbs, the Arizona legislature made it clear today that undermining the integrity of our voter rolls will not be tolerated.”
According to the House overview:
A mailed voter registration is valid for an election if:
1) the form is postmarked 29 days or more before an election and is received by 7:00 p.m. on election day; or
2) the registration is dated 29 days before the election and is received by the county recorder by first class mail within 5 days after the last day to register to vote in the election (A.R.S. § 16-134).