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Brennan Center Statement: Arizona Governor Signs Bill Restricting Mail Voting

Many voters who automatically received mail ballots in the past will now have to request them.

May 11, 2021
Contact: Julian Brookes, Media Contact,, 646-292-8376

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1485 today, a bill that makes it harder for Arizonans to vote by mail. Under the new law, any voters who did not cast an early voting ballot in two consecutive election cycles will be removed from the state’s Permanent Early Voting List. Voters cut from the list will no longer automatically receive their mail ballots and will have to request them.

Eliza Sweren-Becker, counsel with the Voting Rights and Elections Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, had the following comment:

“For years, the Permanent Early Voting List has increased opportunities to vote for Arizonans. Putting the burden on voters to actively request a ballot will inevitably reduce those opportunities. This law needlessly restricts voting options that Arizona voters rely upon.”

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