Arizona’s voter registration law (Proposition 200) was struck down by the Supreme Court today with Justices Thomas and Alito dissenting. The law required showing proof of citizenship at the time of registering:
In the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia said the state law was preempted by language in the federal statute saying that states must “accept and use” a federal registration form.
The state law ordered officials to reject the form if there was no accompanying proof of citizenship. Source: Reuters
Alabama, Georgia and Kansas have similar laws and joined Arizona’s case.
Look at this from Justice Sotomayor:
At an oral argument in March, Thomas Horne, a lawyer for Arizona, told the justices that the state was within its rights to ask for additional information beyond the simple federal form.
“It’s extremely inadequate,” Horne said. “It’s essentially an honor system. It does not do the job.”
“Well,” answered Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “that’s what the federal system decided was enough.” Source: USNews-NBC
Cheeky response from Sotomayor who has long shown no interest in fair elections, and if the “federal system” was fair, she would be fighting against it. Before ascending to the SCOTUS, 71.4% of her cases referred to the highest Court in the land were overturned.
There is no federal requirement that proof of citizenship be shown at the time of voting, and now no requirement that proof of citizenship be shown at the time of registration. Every single Republican who stayed home on election day 2012 should have to share my nightmares about retiring Justices over the next 3-1/2 years of Obama’s term. Good-bye America.