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Justices Reject Arizona Voting Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship
New York Times ^ | June 17, 2013 | Adam Liptak

Posted on 06/17/2013 11:12:19 AM PDT by lbryce

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 various documents, including birth certificates, passports, naturalization papers or Arizona driver’s licenses, which are available only to people who are in the state lawfully.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; electionfraud; illegals; immigration; ruling; scotus; seebreakingnews; votefraud; voterfraud
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To: CharlesWayneCT
And the constitution clearly gives congress the right to regulate federal elections, which includes deciding HOW people get registered to vote, if congress so chooses, which they did.

After reading through several analyses of this decision, it is not nearly as bad as most are portraying it. As several have pointed out, this affects only registration, not requiring ID for voting. And this only impacts registration to vote for federal offices. States are still free to require proof of citizenship to register to vote for state offices, though that would require maintaining a separate registration form and a way to identify those who were registered to vote in Federal elections only, and those who were eligible to vote in state and local elections.

Scalia also laid out a road map for Arizona on how to correct the problem. Basically, Arizona needs to ask the board that controls the makeup of the registration form to include language indicating that Arizona residents need to include proof of citizenship with the registration form. If they refuse, Arizona can sue the board on several grounds (laid out neatly by Scalia), including on the grounds that the board has already granted similar requests to other states.

41 posted on 06/17/2013 2:21:43 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: cookcounty

bfl


42 posted on 06/17/2013 2:36:12 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: MHGinTN

Well, let’s see where things are now.

ObamaCare...
Anyone can vote....without proof of citizenship...
Amnesty for undocumented Dems...
Obama spying on all citizens...
Gun control stepped up at same time Obama is buying huge ammo, guns and armored cars for interior USA use...
Um, gee, anyone see a trend here?
Duh, wonder where he is going with all this?
....
Naw, nothing to see here...go back to your Dancing with Stars, sports, etc.


43 posted on 06/17/2013 3:07:39 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: CA Conservative

Meanwhile foreigners register to vote and consequently do vote.

What ID do you think will be presented when voting? A driver license? Is there any bar to foreigners voting?

A vote cast can not be undone.

A country can not long survive if foreigners are given control of its government, in fact in such a case it is already dead. This ruling gives foreigners undue control of our government, it strikes at the very heart of our republic.

It is sensible and reasonable to never allow foreigners into the system in the first place, and foolish to do otherwise.

As for Scalia’s roadmap I suggest you read Thomas’ dissent.


44 posted on 06/17/2013 4:02:21 PM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: lbryce
Time to dump the Fed.

CWII is just around the corner. Time for the States to stand up again. I'll probably not see it in my lifetime, but I pray to God my children and grandchildren see it.

That's right, I hope they see it and participate in it.

The time is near that this REPUBLIC is taken back from the one party system...the DemoPubs....all the same in my book.

FMCDH(BITS)

45 posted on 06/17/2013 4:32:00 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: lbryce

This does not void voter ID laws as some liberals are crowing. States just have to remain within the fed voter registration laws to register voters. Stupid and wrong, but not a disaster.


46 posted on 06/17/2013 5:29:00 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: CA Conservative

Read the dissents. The “way out” that Scalia described is a fiction and will not be able available to Arizona. Scalia has contracted the mad cow disease that infected Roberts. 7 of the 9 Supreme Court justices have just declared that US citizenship is meaningless. The barbarians are well past the gates and the elites are intent on giving them the keys to the city.


47 posted on 06/17/2013 6:41:19 PM PDT by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: lbryce; Lurking Libertarian; JDW11235; Clairity; TheOldLady; Spacetrucker; Art in Idaho; GregNH; ...

FReepmail me to subscribe to or unsubscribe from the SCOTUS ping list.

48 posted on 06/17/2013 7:18:27 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Isn’t the supremecy clause grand?
49 posted on 06/17/2013 8:03:57 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: lbryce

Not really.

Read this excellent explanation:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3032524/posts


50 posted on 06/17/2013 9:29:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: lbryce
Actually, Left Loses Big in Citizenship-Verification Supreme Court Case

There is much to celebrate. Please read the details of this brilliant analysis by J. Christian Adams.

Don't be so eager to believe the left when they lie about their winning, and say that we are defeated.

We are not.
51 posted on 06/18/2013 4:08:24 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Salvation

You beat me by one post! Thank you for helping to spread the news.


52 posted on 06/18/2013 4:09:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: lbryce

For God’s sake, CLOSE the Motor-Voter Loophole!
Put the US on (Ted) Cruz Control!


53 posted on 06/18/2013 12:49:48 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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