Court says Arizona can demand voter identification

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 3:19 PM
Court says Arizona can demand voter identification

(Reuters) - An appeals court on Tuesday upheld Arizona's requirement that voters show identification at the polls, but struck down its requirement that they show proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in federal elections.

While agreeing that Arizona was within its rights to require identification at voting places, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded the national Voting Rights Act superseded the law's requirement that anyone registering to vote in a federal election show "satisfactory evidence" of U.S. citizenship.

(Reporting By Dan Burns; Editing by Sandra Maler)