Statement on Joint DNC, DSCC, and Kirkpatrick for Senate Lawsuit

Statement from Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron

“The systemic failures of the Presidential Preference Election brought to light the culture of voter disenfranchisement that exists in Arizona.

“Due to its long history of discrimination against Native Americans, Latinos and African Americans, Arizona was covered under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for nearly 40 years. In 2013, Arizona voters were stripped of the protections Section 5 had provided. In 2016, we saw the tragic consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision in our Presidential Preference Election, which was nothing short of a fiasco.

“For years, Arizonans have demanded accountability and changes to the way our elections are run, yet our rights, privileges, and immunities guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution have been relentlessly chipped away.

“This unacceptable and disgraceful situation led the Arizona Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Committee, and the Kirkpatrick for Arizona Senate campaign to join in a federal lawsuit to address the fundamental failures of Arizona’s election processes. These issues must be remedied prior to this year’s General Election.

“The Arizona Democratic Party remains committed to making sure eligible Arizona voters are able to register to vote, cast their vote and ensure their vote will be counted. If this means taking legal action to hold those in charge accountable, then so be it.”