In America, You Don't Have to Prove Citizenship to Vote

Posted: Oct 26, 2010 4:57 PM
An Arizona Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge has just reversed an Arizona law that requires voters to show proof of citizenship before being able to register to vote.

Interesting how two Democrat incumbants in border districts, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (CD-8) and Raul Grijalva (CD-7), are fighting for their political lives to get re-elected.... this judge's decision wasn't politically motivated all. I'M SURE OF IT.

The Judge claims that having to prove citizenship is an "obstacle" and additional "hurdle" to voter registration.

Let the rampant voter fraud begin.

On Friday Grijalva supporters and members of the group Mi Familia Vota (an off-shoot of SEIU) dropped off 3,000 voter registrations, which just so happened to be Hispanic registrations, and 65 percent of them were found to be fraudulent due to false signatures, invalid addresses and registrants not being citizens.

But don't bother asking for citizenship! It is way too much of a hassle.

From the Arizona Daily Star:

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 eligibilty.

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 unavailable for comment, as was Secretary of State Ken Bennett.