- I find this to be so insufferable, especially since there is truly no way
to pursue perjury charges against illegal voters since the voting
information is classified as CONFIDENTIAL and not available via any PRA (Public
Record Act) or the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act).
Pueblo Politics: Court overturns Arizona's proof of citizenship requirement
for voter registration
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s requirement
that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote.
The split decision by a three-judge panel determined that the requirement
to show proof of citizenship — passed by voters in 2004 — is not consistent
with the National Voter Registration Act.
Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, temporarily sitting by designation,
and Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta, with chief judge Alex Kozinski dissenting,
said Prop. 200 creates an additional hurdle, while the national act is
intended to reduce “state-imposed obstacles” to registration.
The majority noted that Congress was well aware of the problem of voter
fraud when it passed the voter act, and built in sufficient protections,
including applying perjury penalties to applicants who lie about their
The court determined Arizona’s polling place photo identification
requirement, however, is a minimal burden and does not violate the Equal Protection
Clause in the 14th Amendment.
Attorney General Terry Goddard’s office is still reviewing the decision and
was unavailable for comment.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he does not anticipate that the ruling
will make any difference in voting next week, since it wasn’t in place when
registration closed Oct. 4.
Bennett said the state plans to appeal the ruling, adding he disagrees the
documentation sets up a barrier for registration. “I think it’s an outrage
and a slap in the face of Arizonans who are concerned about the integrity
of elections,” he said.
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