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By Natalia Mittelstadt

Aizona’s Maricopa County accepted 4,484 federal-only ballots for the November 2020 presidential election that didn’t require the voters who cast them to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, according to documents provided by the county.

The request for the information was made by Tristan Manos, a Maricopa County Republican Committee precinct committeeman.

The county provided information on how many ballots with only federal races on them were counted in the 2020 presidential election and the number of voters who are registered to receive federal-only ballots.


Arizona law requires residents registering to vote in the state to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

However, after the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that Arizona must accept federal voter registration forms because of federal requirements under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, the state allows residents registering to vote who don’t provide proof of citizenship to receive ballots for federal races only.

Federal voter registration forms require those filling them out only to sign a sworn declaration that they are U.S. citizens.

According to the 2020 data provided by Maricopa County, 14,298 residents were registered to vote only in the federal elections during the November general election.

A total of 8,114 federal-only ballots were cast in that election.

From that number, 3,630 were Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act ballots for overseas voters. In total, there were 4,484 federal-only ballots the county accepted and counted in its canvass, but those voters didn’t provide proof of U.S. citizenship.


Maricopa also has a PowerPoint detailing how it is illegal for a non-U.S. citizen to vote, and county data shows that voter registrations for 222 foreign nationals have been canceled since 2015, with nine of them casting 12 ballots over four federal elections.


Arizona has also had issues with mailing federal-only ballots to voters.

In October 2022, just before the November general election, then-Secretary of State Katie Hobbs mistakenly sent out as many as 6,000 federal-only ballots to voters who were U.S. citizens.

When residents of Arizona register to vote or update their registration, an election system accesses their driver’s license records to verify whether they have proof of citizenship. Those without documentation are ineligible to vote in state elections and registered as “federal-only” voters, according to the Associated Press.

At the time of the mishap, a spokeswoman for Hobbs’ office said the driver’s license query failed to properly verify the citizenship for some people, resulting in them being improperly registered as the federal-only voters.

Also last year, Arizona enacted a law that requires counties to check federal-only voters for citizenship against multiple databases. The counties must reject any federal applications if they find the individual is not a U.S. citizen, and any official knowingly ignoring the requirement could receive a felony charge.

The Justice Department sued Arizona over the law last July, claiming it is “a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act,” according to Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the agency’s Civil Rights Division.

The agency also claims the law violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“For nearly three decades, the National Voter Registration Act has helped to move states in the right direction by eliminating unnecessary requirements that have historically made it harder for eligible voters to access the registration rolls,” Clarke said. “Arizona has passed a law that turns the clock back on progress by imposing unlawful and unnecessary requirements that would block eligible voters from the registration rolls for certain federal elections.”

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