High Court snuffs Arizona voter-ID law
June 17, 2013
An Arizona voter-approved law requiring people desiring to vote t0 prove they are U.S. citizens was struck down Monday morning by the U.S. Supreme Court. (The Blaze)
The so-called voter-ID law in Arizona was the biggest test to date of the constitutionality of a blizzard of voting rules initiated by Republican-dominated state legislatures across the nation.
Justices voted 7-1 to overrule state mandates requiring citizenship identification in order to use a federal “motor voter” application form.
Justice Antonia Scalia noted for the court’s majority that federal law “precludes Arizona from requiring a federal form applicant to submit information beyond that required by the form itself.”
The ruling has broad implications for Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, and Tennessee, which have similar laws, and 12 other states where lawmakers are considering ID requirements for voters.