Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Supreme Court Rejects Arizona Voting Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship

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"Arizona may not require documentary proof of citizenship from prospective voters, the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-to-2 decision on Monday.  Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, No. 12-71, said a federal law requiring states to “accept and use” a federal form displaced an Arizona law.  The federal law, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, allows voters to register using a federal form that asks, “Are you a citizen of the United States?”  Prospective voters must check a box for yes or no, and they must sign the form, swearing under the penalty of perjury that they are citizens.  The state law, by contrast, required prospective voters to prove that they were citizens by providing copies of or information concerning