SCOTUS Strikes Down Arizona Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote

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    I don't understand, Do you not have to be a citizen to vote? So why is it illegal to have to prove that you're American citizen
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    The issue was conflict with the federal National Voter Registration Act. It says that states have to "accept and use" the Federal Form for registering voters for federal elections (the Federal Form requires the applicant to swear under penalty of perjury that they are a United States citizen).

    The holding was that Arizona's law, which required citizens to provide documentary evidence of citizenship in addition to the Federal Form or be rejected, meant that the state was not "accepting and using" the Federal Form within the meaning of the act and thus their law, as applied to voters attempting to register using the Federal Form, was in direct conflict with the NVRA and thus preempted and invalid under the Supremacy Clause.
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    SCOTUS wants to keep voting a federally issued or proven right.
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    Eh, not really.

    While the opinion certainly recognized a broad federal ability to regulate how elections are held (including registration), it also recognized a broad state power to determine qualifications to vote.

    In fact it explicitly holds that the Elections Clause “empowers Congress to regulate how federal elections are held, but not who may vote in them” (emphasis in original).
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    Gatormb, your prehistoric views are just sad.


    You equate a racist general view on home loans with a fundamental right?

    First, read the Supreme Court Opinion. They got it right. And gave a way to address the problem.

    Second- GOPs are too damned stupid to realize that ILLEGALs dont come here to vote.

    3rd- more name calling and race baiting by the GOP won't help with hispanics.

    you guys never learn
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    The reason small government, self-reliance conservatism doesn't connect with Hispanics is because, by percentage, that is not what they believe in. Nothing to do with immigration one way or another, and no positioning on immigration will change it.
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    Here is the interesting part. This does, I do not believe, impact state laws requiring ID to vote.

    If that is true, consider this; most voter fraud occurs at the point of registration and with absentee ballots. Not at the ballot box.

    Ironical?
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    So stopping the dead & illegals from voting is voter suppression? Is it OK if I vote multiple times for my fav?
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    None of the "big cases" came down today.

    We did get American Express, which probably would have been a big case if this were a different term, holding that arbitration provisions containing class action waivers are enforceable even when it would be cost prohibitive to take an individual claim to arbitration on a non-class basis (because of small damage claims, for example).

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