Court Strikes Part Of Arizona’s Voter ID Bill

Just a week before the Supreme Court will take a look at Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law, a federal court ruled that the state can’t require proof of US citizenship prior to voting.

The court upheld the portion of Arizona’s voter ID bill that requires voters show identification at the polls but held that the National Voting Rights Act supersedes the law’s requirement that anyone registering to vote in a federal election show “satisfactory evidence” of US citizenship.

The voting restrictions were passed in 2004 by ballot initiative. Proposition 200 amended state election laws to add the citizenship and identification requirements.

Writing for the majority of the 9th Circuit, Judge Sandra Ikuta concluded the photo ID portion of the vill was not “invidious” and therefore did not violate the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. But, the rest of the law did come in conflict with federal law governing federal elections.

“In sum, the NVRA and Proposition 200′s registration provision … do not operate harmoniously as a single procedural scheme for the registration of voters for federal elections,” Ikuta wrote. “Therefore, under Congress’s expansive Elections Clause power, we must hold that the registration provision … is preempted by the NVRA” when a voter seeks to register for a federal election”

The ruling has no bearing on the immigration case before the Supreme Court except that it offers an encapsulated look at the fundamental misunderstanding Republican lawmakers in Arizona have when it comes to the relationship between the federal and state government. Now let’s see if the Supreme Court agrees.

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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Ira, you wrote, "Radical, extremist, fundamentalist, crackhead Teaparty/republikkklan/CONS are planning to BUY AND RIG this election. THEY MUST BE STOPPED! AND WE MUST BE THE ONES TO STOP THEM!!"

Please give us a web site or newpaper article that talks about what you just said. I know you did not make it up on your own, so there must be a paper trail and I will help you take it to my Senator. Thank you in advance!

Ira L.
Ira & Ellie L.3 years ago

Radical, extremist, fundamentalist, crackhead Teaparty/republikkklan/CONS are planning to BUY AND RIG this election. THEY MUST BE STOPPED! AND WE MUST BE THE ONES TO STOP THEM!!

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Hummm, the newspaper, this morning (Monday) said the Supreme Court was not going to rule on the Arizona Bill until Wednesday. Did something change and they ruled on it earlier? Just curious!!!

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons3 years ago

Sounds like the judges made a pretty good ruling, yes you can ask for a photo id, but yes you have to give one to everyone who registers.

Hope S.
Hope Sellers3 years ago

"Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong."
Richard Armour

Whoever kindles the flames of intolerance is lighting a fire
underneath his own home.
Harrold Stassen, 1907 - 2001

It would be good to remember that we are all of one race; the human race. How can religious leaders twist the minds of their followers to hate. That would be against any spirituality. Those who want to devide us should be voted out.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese3 years ago

Ed Why do you say that? Is it because they believe in partiotism, or that they believe in working for a living? What have they done that makes one so angry?

Ed G.
Ed G.3 years ago

I have proposed before that most tea party types stopped learning in school at maybe the 4th or maybe the 5th grade. My guess as to why is that schooling finally started opening they eyes and and ears and they didn't like what the learned. It a guess but it probably isn't to far from what happened. Now as to the root cause I think it is probably well water that was affected by fracking.