The Biden administration responded harshly to the efforts of states like Georgia and Arizona to pass new election integrity legislation in the aftermath of a presidential election still disputed by millions of Americans.
For his part, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, has vowed to fight tooth and nail against the federal government’s attempt to “micromanage” upcoming state elections.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is reportedly mulling the idea of initiating more lawsuits against states that have pursued such voter reform measures and high-ranking Democrats continue to denounce the regulations as discriminatory toward minority voters.
“We will just win, baby”
During a recent Fox News Channel appearance, Brnovich made it clear that he is not going to sit idly by as the Justice Department interferes in Arizona elections.
“So if indeed the Biden administration wants to take our state to court, I will fight them, and to quote Al Davis, ‘We will just win, baby,” the attorney general declared, according to Fox.
Before drawing that clear line in the sand, Brnovich pointed out that a number of Democratic-led states like New Jersey and New York already have more voting restrictions on the books than Arizona — even after the recently passed round of voter security laws.
“The courts are not in the mood for this nonsense,” he said. “If you look at the hypocrisy of the left, there are states like New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, the list goes on and on, that have way more restrictions when it comes to voting than Arizona does.”
“Trying to appease the far left”
Brnovich went on to insist that the president “is trying to appease the far left of the party” by going after the statewide election reform proposals.
In the judicial branch, however, Arizona is faring much more favorably. In a 6–3 U.S. Supreme Court decision, two state laws were upheld as legitimate methods of addressing possible voter fraud.
One of the contested laws restricts so-called ballot harvesting, which refers to allowing a third party to collect and submit ballots on behalf of individual voters. The second measure upheld by the nation’s highest court provides for ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be discarded.
Opponents of both laws have insisted that they make it more difficult for minorities to vote, and a federal appeals court agreed with that argument before the Supreme Court stepped in to overrule it.
Brnovich insisted that the Biden administration’s effort to stymie his state’s election plan is unconstitutional, noting: “I worked at DOJ at one point and the idea that they’re going to kind of selectively go into red states and file lawsuits because they want to micromanage our elections is really not only contrary to the Constitution, but it exposes how political this is.”