FGA Applauds Arizona Legislature for Sending Universal Voter ID Initiative to the Ballot
- BY FGA
NAPLES, FL—This week, the Arizona State Legislature voted to pass a measure referring S.C.R. 1012, an initiative establishing universal voter ID requirements to vote in Arizona elections, to the November ballot. The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) applauds the Arizona State Legislature for taking a critical step in allowing the people to protect their votes and secure their state’s elections. FGA also signed a coalition letter issued to House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Senate President Karen Fann urging their action on this in late February.
S.C.R 1012 is currently the only certified state ballot measure that addresses voter identification laws and would amend certain provisions of Proposition 200, a citizens’ initiative approved in 2004. In Arizona, the legislature cannot amend or repeal a citizens’ initiative without putting the measure on the ballot for voter approval.
The provisions of S.C.R 1012 include identity requirements for voting by mail, in-person voting, and new rules for voters who attest they need an ID for voting.
Types of voter identification under the measure include a driver’s license or non-operating identification license number, the last four digits of a Social Security number, or a unique identifying number provided by the secretary of state for voter registration purposes. If passed on the ballot, the initiative will require a voter to include their date of birth and voter identification number for mail-in ballots, in addition to Arizona’s existing signature requirement.
“S.C.R 1012 is commonsense election reform that provides state voters the opportunity to ensure that it is easy to vote and hard to cheat in Arizona,” said Bryan Sunderland, State Government Affairs Director at FGA.
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.