No matter when, where, or how you vote, I.D. should be required—voters will get to decide


Washington, D.C. – The Arizona legislature yesterday agreed to S.C.R. 1012, a legislative referral with regard to the Arizonans for Voter I.D. Act ballot initiative establishing universal voter I.D. requirements to vote in Arizona elections. The initiative now goes automatically to the ballot, and voters will have a say whether voter I.D. should be Arizona law when they cast their ballots this November.

In advance of the vote, the Election Transparency Initiative (ETI) helped lead a national coalition of organizations dedicated to free and fair elections voters can trust. ETI joined in a coalition letter issued to House speaker Rusty Bowers and Senate President Fann urging their action to ensure “it is easy to vote and hard to cheat.” ETI also addressed letters to Speaker Bowers and President Fann, respectively, expressing support for S.C.R. 1012 and the ballot initiative’s underlying measures.

National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:

“Identification should always be required to vote—period. We are grateful to Speaker Bowers, President Fann and their caucuses for ensuring voters have a say when they cast their ballots this November. Americans should have faith in secure, transparent, and accountable elections so that they participate in our democratic process—not stay home. They should trust that every legal vote can be counted fairly and openly, and that is why commonsense voter I.D. is overwhelmingly popular among every voting demographic. Until their trust and confidence in our elections is repaired, many voters will continue to question whether voting is even worthwhile anymore.”

Statewide polling shows that an overwhelming majority of Arizona voters support Voter I.D. requirements, including a majority of Republicans (93.2%), Independents (83.1%), and Democrats (68.6%), as well as Hispanics (81.1%), African Americans (73.3%), and Asian Americans (72.5%).

Polls show the majority of voters, including Black and Hispanic voters, as well as urban and independent voters, overwhelmingly support voter I.D. protections and want it to be easy to vote and hard to cheat.

The Election Transparency Initiative, a partnership between American Principles Project (APP) and the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), was organized to combat H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 and advocate for state-based election reforms that voters can trust.