Court overturns Arizona's proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration

Court overturns Arizona's proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration

Pueblo Politics: Court overturns Arizona's proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration
Rhonda Bodfield, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Judge Sandra S. Ikuta pictured above.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement to show proof of citizenship — passed by voters in 2004 — is not consistent with the National Voter Registration Act.

Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, temporarily sitting by designation, and Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta, with chief judge Alex Kozinski dissenting, said Prop. 200 creates an additional hurdle, while the national act is intended to reduce “state-imposed obstacles” to registration.

The majority noted that Congress was well aware of the problem of voter fraud when it passed the voter act, and built in sufficient protections, including applying perjury penalties to applicants who lie about their eligibilty.

The court determined Arizona’s polling place photo identification requirement, however, is a minimal burden and does not violate the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment.

Attorney General Terry Goddard’s office is still reviewing the decision and was unavailable for comment.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he does not anticipate that the ruling will make any difference in voting next week, since it wasn’t in place when registration closed Oct. 4.

Bennett said the state plans to appeal the ruling, adding he disagrees the documentation sets up a barrier for registration. “I think it’s an outrage and a slap in the face of Arizonans who are concerned about the integrity of elections,” he said.

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 8:36 AM

HampsterW

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WTF????

So does this mean that I can feel free to drive to AZ and vote even though I am not a resident? The illegals can vote if they are so inclined? You know, it's these kind of shitty decisions that make people question the validity of voting in the first place..... Shameful!

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 10:51 AM

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and to make matters worse... WHY AREN'T MY BUDDYS WORKING.. WHO'S PAYING SOCIAL SECURITY.. shessh

Pard, whats up.. you back for lunch or what..

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 11:27 AM

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Sheesh greg, here

Pard and I are working our fingers to the bone so as to keep youse guy's in beer and ammo and this is the sort of thanks we get? (shaking head)......LOL!

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