SCOTUS Update: Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Voting Law

18 Jun

SCOTUSblog reports the Supreme Court held that an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for would-be voters is preempted by federal law. In Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. the court held that:

“As applied to applicants who use a uniform federal form that merely requires them to aver, under penalty of perjury, that they are U.S. citizens, Arizona’s requirement that would-be voters provide actual proof of U.S. citizenship is pre-empted by the National Voter Registration Act’s mandate that states ‘accept and use’ the federal form.”

NPR’s Nina Totenberg explains the decision. Veteran journalist Lyle Denniston gives a plain English analysis here.

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