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Phoenix – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently signed legislation requiring voters to prove their citizenship in order to vote in a presidential election. In response to this unjust action, Mi Familia Vota filed a legal challenge arguing that this law may affect up to 200,000 current Arizona voters who registered before proof of citizenship was required by stripping them of their right to vote in presidential elections and could keep tens of thousands of voters from casting a ballot.
In response to the filing of this lawsuit Héctor Sánchez Barba, Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:
“Mi Familia Vota is committed to building Latino political power and defending our democracy. Now more than ever we will fight back against any attempt to limit our ability to register to vote. The legislation Arizona Governor Doug Ducey just signed into law, not only places an undue burden on the Latino communities ability to get registered but could very well make it much harder for people not just in our community but all over Arizona to vote. We cannot allow this to pass, we will always stand up for the rights of our community. “
Carolina Rodriguez-Greer, Arizona State Director at Mi Familia Vota also said:
“Arizona has a sad history of erecting barriers for communities of color to register to vote. The legislation that Governor Ducey just signed goes beyond anything that our state has ever done. Mi Familia Vota has devoted our time in Arizona to ensure that everyone is given their constitutional guaranteed ability to vote. We will not stand by and allow this to happen, that is why we pushed forward with this critically important lawsuit.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas.