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Friday, October 29, 2010

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Court Strikes Down Key Clause in AZ Voter ID Law

As usual McCain sits in the background doing nothing. Arizonians... you brought this on yourself when you re-elected this asshole.

Let me see if I got this straight.  In the future illegals don't have to show proof of citizenship to vote. They only have to swear they are citizens... under penalty of perjury. This assumes they have the utmost respect for our laws.  In which case if they had any they wouldn't be here to begin with. In essence illegals will be allowed to vote out the very people who are trying to get rid of them! 

Our next stop the Twilight Zone

Federal Appeals Court Rules that Arizona Law Requiring Proof of Citizenship During Voter Registration is Unconstitutional

(AP) A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a key part of Arizona's law requiring voters to prove they are citizens before registering to vote and to show identification before casting ballots.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the law requiring voters to prove their citizenship while registering is inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act. That federal law allows voters to fill out a mail-in voter registration card and swear they are citizens under penalty of perjury, but doesn't require them to show proof as Arizona's law does.

The ruling left in place a requirement that voters provide proof of identity when casting ballots.

Lawyers for several civil rights groups that sued argued thousands of Arizonans have had their federal registration forms rejected because they failed to provide other documents required by the state. That violates the federal law, they argued.

The state law in question, Proposition 200, was passed by voters in 2004. It required proof of citizenship during voter registration and of identity at the polls, and also while receiving certain state benefits.

It has been upheld by state and federal courts until Tuesday's decision.

I can smell Holder in the background.

In a statement, one of the attorneys who argued the case said his group was "elated" by the decision.

"This will enable the many poor people in Arizona who lack driver's licenses and birth certificates to register to vote," said Jon Greenbaum, legal director for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

If you're born in this country how can you not have a birth certificate? Unless...of're the President of the United States. 

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's office issued a statement saying it intends to ask a full panel of 9th Circuit judges to reconsider the case.

The ruling applies only to voter registration and the deadline for voting in the Nov. 2 general election has passed, so it will have no practical effect on voting, the statement said.

Appeals Court Judge Sandra S. Ikuta's opinion was joined by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who heard the case as a temporary appeals court judge. Ikuta said the federal voter registration law laid out specific requirements for the mail-in registration form that the state can't make more onerous.


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