Voting rights organizations are suing Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan over concerns that her office isn’t updating voters’ addresses. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona on Monday announced the lawsuit from multiple voter rights organizations including the League of Women Voters of Arizona. They’re concerned that Reagan’s office doesn’t update voter registration information when someone changes their address on their driver’s license. Reagan’s office last week rejected a request from the ACLU to change more than 500,000 voter registration addresses to what is listed on driver’s licenses. She cited concerns about a lack of voters’ consent. Instead, she says her office has coordinated with the Arizona Department of Transportation to make those changes next year.
Reagan, a Republican, is running for re-election. She faces a primary challenge from businessman Steve Gaynor, a largely self-funded candidate.
The primary is on August 28.
The lawsuit claims a failure to update the addresses could lead to disenfranchisement. It asks the court to order Reagan to count the number of federal election votes cast by the affected voters regardless of where they cast their ballot. It also asks that all the voters are mailed a letter to notify them of the address situation and explain the options for updating their voter registration addresses.