FILE – In this Thursday, April 15, 2021, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix. Ducey on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, signed legislation making it easier to purge infrequent voters from a list of those who automatically get a mail-in ballot each election. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
UPDATED 7:53 AM PT – Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) officially signed the state’s newest election integrity law. The Republican signed the bill into law Tuesday. The legislation will make it easier for the state to remove infrequent voters from early voting lists. Additionally, the measure will also reduce the amount of mail-in ballots sent out.
The governor hailed the bill as a victory for voter integrity in the state and the country. Gov. Ducey clarified the legislation will not remove voters from voter rolls and will allow them to still vote in person.
State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who sponsored the bill, argued it will protect elections as well as keep the voter list up-to-date and accurate. The lawmaker noted, “standing with the voters and their desire for secure elections is paramount to maintaining our form of government.” Ugenti-Rita went on to call the bill “modest” yet “critical” on the path to restoring confidence in the U.S. election system.