Louisiana repeals century-old voter registration requirement

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Posted: Jun 01, 2016 1:09 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers have repealed a century-old state law that required naturalized citizens to provide proof of their citizenship when they registered to vote.

Civil rights groups that sued last month to block the 142-year-old law's enforcement announced Wednesday they will withdraw their federal lawsuit.

The suit claimed the old law discriminates against foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens by arbitrarily subjecting them to voter registration requirements that don't apply to native-born citizens.

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Fair Elections Legal Network. In their suit, they said Louisiana's law appeared to be the last of its kind still enforced in the U.S.

The law's repeal was included in a broader elections bill that Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Friday. A Senate committee proposed the amendment.