New tally shows Arizona voters reject tougher voter ID law


Democrats and voting rights groups said the changes would result in more mail-in ballots being thrown out and people being thrown out at the polls. They also pointed out that citizenship and other requirements to vote are already met during the voter registration process.

Republicans said they were needed to bolster election security. The GOP-dominated legislature put the measure on the ballot.

If passed, Proposition 309 would have required voters to write their date of birth and add state-issued voter identification numbers, driver’s license or ID card numbers, or a number Partial Social Security to the affidavits rather than simply signing and dating them. The signature on the back of the envelope used by many counties would also be changed to require that they be placed in a second envelope.

In-person voting requirements would also change, eliminating the ability for voters who do not have state, tribal, or federal government-issued photo identification to vote by presenting two alternative documents, such as a public services.

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Bob Christie, The Associated Press

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