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Congressman Biggs Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Outdated National Voter Registration Act of 1993 ("Motor Voter")

December 5, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Biggs introduced legislation to repeal the outdated National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“Motor Voter”). This bill would restore states’ rights to conduct elections and allow them to enforce state laws that eliminate voter fraud opportunities. In 2004, Arizona passed Proposition 200 to require proof of citizenship before voting. However, under a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of Motor Voter, the state is required to allow individuals who can’t prove their citizenship, though claim to be citizens, to obtain a ballot to vote in federal elections. Repealing Motor Voter would allow states to take the lead in closing this gap in the law.

U.S. Representatives Scott Perry (PA-10), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Randy Weber (TX-14), Mo Brooks (AL-05), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Steve King (IA-04), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Greg Steube (FL-17), and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) co-sponsored this legislation.

Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“Election integrity is central to the bedrock of our constitutional republic. Currently, though federal law requires an individual to be a U.S. citizen to vote in federal elections, it requires states to accept merely a signed attestation from an individual that he or she is a U.S. citizen – without any further proof of citizenship. This lax procedure, to register individuals to vote in states that have strict citizenship requirements for voter registration, is a threat to the integrity of our elections.

“Americans of all political leanings deserve to know that our elections were carried out with the utmost integrity. That’s why I hope my colleagues will join me in support of this legislation to ensure that states, and not the D.C. swamp, uphold election integrity and restore trust at the ballot box for each of its residents.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.