LULAC National and LULAC Arizona File Federal Lawsuit Against Arizona's Dual Voter Registration System that Suppress the Latino Vote
November 7, 2017
Washington, DC – Today LULAC National and LULAC Arizona, under the Campaign Legal Center, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, filed a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s dual voter registration system that disenfranchises over 26,000 voters in the state. Arizona’s voter registration system requires voters to fill out two different forms when registering to vote for state and federal elections, resulting in a burdensome and confusing voter registration process. Voters are left assuming they are registered to vote for both elections, but their eligibility hinges on which form they have filed. Voters are disenfranchised based not on their eligibility, but what registration form they happen to submit.
In response, Roger C. Rocha Jr., LULAC National President, issued the following statement:
“The state of Arizona is known as one of the most discriminatory states for its continued voter suppression laws. This is yet another tactic aimed with the sole purpose to suppress the Latino vote. Arizona has the sixth largest Latino population in the country. It has the responsibility to work diligently to ensure Latinos and all citizens have access to the polls. Latinos have too much at stake and we will not let our voices or our vote be unconstitutionally taken away from us.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.