Groups trying to kybosh proof of citizenship voting requirements

VotingRightsBy Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services | East Valley Tribune

Attorneys for four Arizona groups involved with voter registration are trying to get a federal judge to kill a bid by Secretary of State Ken Bennett to require proof of citizenship from all who register to vote.

Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund said the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Arizona cannot enforce its documentation requirement on those who use a special registration form crafted by the federal Election Assistance Commission.

“The interest that these Arizona organizations have is in protecting their victory that they just won,” Perales said. She said Bennett’a lawsuit “is essentially trying to make an end-run around the U.S. Supreme Court decision.”

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