Supreme Court accepts Ariz. voter-registration case

By Mary Jo Pitzl

The Arizona Republic

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear arguments on a Arizona’s law which requires proof of citizenship to vote.

The case challenges a 2004 voter-approved measure, Proposition 200. People must show proof of citizenship both to register to vote and to cast a ballot.

This summer, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge’s ruling that upheld the law as it pertained to people who registered to vote using the federal form.

The appeals court determined the Arizona law conflicted with the National Voter Registration Act, which asks people to attest, under penalty of perjury, that they are citizen. The Arizona law demands proof, such as a birth certificate, passport or driver’s license, since Arizona driver’s licenses have required proof of citizenship for years.


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