Tue 26 Oct, 2010 07:10 pm
Court voids Arizona law on voter proof of citizenship
A federal appeals court has struck down a key part of Arizona's law requiring voters to prove they are citizens before registering to vote or casting ballots.
Tuesday's decision by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law requiring voters to prove their citizenship while registering is inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act. That federal law allows voters to fill out a mail-in card and swear they are citizens under penalty of perjury, but doesn't require them to show proof as Arizona's law does.
Appeals Court Judge Sandra S. Ikuta's opinion was joined by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who heard the case as a temporary appeals court judge. The 9th Circuit's chief judge, Alex Kozinski, dissented.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/10/26/20101026arizona-voiting-citizenship-law-ruling.html#ixzz13W8102WX
That is an awfully one sided argument there DrewDad.
There are good reasons to strike down that law. First, these laws have a damaging and disproportionate effect on the poor and minority communities. Second, there has never been any evidence of significant numbers of non-citizens voting.
Putting this here rather than starting a new thread -- not exactly surprising, but still whoa:
The law [the Arizona citizenship law] is being challenged in the courts. But if it's upheld, it requires police to lock up anyone they stop who cannot show proof they entered the country legally.
When it was passed in April, it ignited a fire storm. Protesters chanted about racial profiling. Businesses threatened to boycott the state.
Supporters were equally passionate, calling it a bold positive step to curb illegal immigration.
But while the debate raged, few people were aware of how the law came about.
NPR spent the past several months analyzing hundreds of pages of campaign finance reports, lobbying documents and corporate records. What they show is a quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help draft and pass Arizona Senate Bill 1070 by an industry that stands to benefit from it: the private prison industry.