Breaking News!!: Washington, DC: United States Supreme Court ruled that Arizona cannot demand proof of citizenship for people who vote.
The United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Arizona cannot require voters to prove they are United States citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.
The United States Supreme Court Justices voted 7 to 2 to throw out Arizona’s voter approved requirement that prospective voters document their United States citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal, “Motor Voter” voter registration law.
United States Supreme Court Justice Antonia Scalia wrote for the court’s majority that Federal law, “precludes Arizona from requiring a federal form applicant to submit information beyond that required by the form itself.”
The United States Supreme Court was considering the legality of Arizona’s requirement that prospective voters document their United States citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal “motor voter” registration law.
According to the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which doesn’t require such documentation, trumps Arizona’s Proposition 200 passed in 2004.
Arizona appealed that decision to the United States Supreme Court.
United States Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented from the court’s ruling.
According to United States Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, The United States Constitution, “authorizes states to determine the qualifications of voters in federal elections, which necessarily includes the related power to determine whether those qualifications are satisfied.”
Opponents of Arizona’s law see it as an attack on vulnerable voter groups such as minorities, immigrants and the elderly and say they have counted more than 31,000 potentially legal voters in Arizona who easily could have registered before Proposition 200 but were blocked initially by the law in the 20 months after it passed in 2004. They say about 20 percent of those thwarted were Latino.
According to the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Barbara Arnwine, the United States Supreme Court Justices’ decision is a victory and that the United States Supreme Court has reaffirmed the essential American right to register to vote for federal election without the burdens of state voter suppression measures.
State of Arizona officials are saying that they should be able to pass laws to stop illegal immigrants and other non United States citizens from getting on their voting rolls.
The Arizona voting law was part of a package that also denied some government benefits to illegal immigrants and required Arizonans to show identification before voting.
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