Supreme Court agrees to hear Arizona voter ID case





PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider how far Arizona — and other states — can go in requiring voters to prove citizenship when registering.

In a brief order, the justices agreed to review a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which said Arizona cannot refuse to register voters who do not provide proof of citizenship if they fill out a special registration form prepared by the federal Election Assistance Commission.  That form requires only that the person avows, under oath and penalty of perjury that he or she is eligible to vote.

In its June ruling, the appellate court said Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship requirement, approved by voters in 2004, directly conflicts with federal law.




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