The Republican-controlled Arizona House and GOP-led state Senate voted Monday to approve a measure on the November election ballot that would drastically increase the identification requirements needed for Arizonans who want to vote both in-person and by mail.
"We are so proud to announce that the voter ID act has passed out of the house, it will be on the ballot in November," Swoboda said. "Thank you to everyone for making this happen. This is going to be a great election cycle, the people will be heard."
Currently, voters in Arizona just sign their names, which county officials then compare to signatures they have on file with verified voter registration documents.
The measure was approved after Republicans raised concerns that the state's voter ID laws allow for fraud or illegal votes to take place, particularly in light of allegations of voter fraud in Arizona during the 2020 presidential election.
However, Democrats argue that the bill, along with a string of other election integrity bills being pushed through the Senate are aimed at voter suppression.
The bill would also limit the type of identification that is acceptable for in-person voters, removing their ability to provide two different forms of identification without a photograph in order to receive a ballot at a polling place, such as a water bill or tax bill.
The measure applies the voter identification requirements to elections beginning no later than the 2024 primary election.
Marcelino Quiñonez, a Democrat who serves in the Arizona House of Representatives from the 27th district, said he refused to vote yes on SCR1012 and a similar bill, HCR2025, because he trusts "Arizona voters and the integrity of our elections."
HCR2025 would require Arizonans to provide ID, as well as the last four digits of their Social Security number, in order to vote early.
Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Mitzi Epstein of Tempe said she is concerned that the similar HCR2025 measure could lead to hundreds of valid mail ballot requests being rejected.
However, Republican Rep. Walt Blackman of Snowflake praised the measure for strengthening election integrity.
"I don’t see what’s wrong with this. I really don’t," said Blackman. "Because all it's doing is protecting our election and the process."
But Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh, a Republican, said the measures are the best way to ensure every vote is counted legally.
"It’s an easy way and a secure way to ensure that somebody who steals your ballot from the mailbox, or a family member who wants to vote on your behalf, unbeknownst to you, can’t find a piece of paper with your signature on it, trace it, and vote on your behalf," said Kavanagh.
The lawsuit asks justices to get rid of the "no-excuse absentee balloting system" adopted by the state in 1991.