Tuesday, October 26, 2010

9th Circuit Court of Appeals: No Proof of Citizenship Required to Register to Vote in Arizona

Another attack on Arizona.  9th Circuis Court says no proof of citizenship is required to register to vote in Arizona.  Unbelievable.  These idiots will destroy this country.  Arizonan and retired US Supreme Court Judge Sandra Day O'Conner, who was sitting as an acting appellate judge, ruled against her own home state.  Fine.  Take John McCain and retire to California.  Please.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a state mandate for people to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed to register to vote.

In a divided decision, the majority of the three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded the requirement, approved by Arizona voters in 2004, runs afoul of the federal National Voter Registration Act. That law spells out what states can and cannot require to vote in federal elections.

Judge Sandra Ikuta, writing the majority decision, specifically concluded that the requirement to produce one of a list of specified documents proving citizenship is on that list of what is not allowed.

That conclusion drew derision from Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who oversees elections and who said the proof is necessary to protect the integrity of elections.

"If you buy that argument, then I assume they are going to let us go through airports signing a certificate saying that 'I am not a terrorist, I promise I don't have any explosives in my underwear,' '' Bennett said. He vowed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, who crafted the 2004 measure, said the ruling "flies in the face of common sense.''

"It should go without saying that states have the right to ensure that only citizens vote,'' he said.

While striking down the proof-of-citizenship requirement, the court let stand the other key provision of the law which require people to provide identification before being allowed to cast a ballot.

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