As of March 11, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Arizona Democratic Party filed a motion against the Arizona Republican Party’s proposal to end early and absentee voting in Arizona.
The ability for voters to cast early and absentee ballots is essential to upholding Arizona’s election infrastructure. The system has been in place for almost a century, and in this time it has become the voting method used by the vast majority of Arizona residents – with 90% of voters having used early ballots during the 2020 election.
This proposal from the Republicans explicitly violates the Arizona Constitution, which defines the voting requirements as cast “by ballot” or “by any other means”. Revoking the right to early and absentee ballots means suppressing the voices of the majority of Arizona voters and removing accessible options from voters far from voting locations – including military, tribal, and young voters in school.