Arizona’s Voter-Registration Law Is Declared Unconstitutional, Bringing into Focus Some Less Widely Recognized Aspects of Voter Suppression Efforts
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Arizona’s voter most recently enacted voter registration law to be unconstitutional. The law required that those registering to vote provide copies of several documents proving their citizenship, pointedly violating the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 which sought to encourage voting by providing a simple, federally processed form to be filed by a prospective voter.
NPR has provided a fairly detailed account of the case and the Court decision [available at: http://www.npr.org/2013/06/17/192790981/supreme-court-strikes-down-arizona-voting-rule?ft=3&f=1001&sc=nl&cc=msb-20130618], and there are several aspects of the case that deserve special attention.
First, the naturalized citizen who brought the case attempted several times to register to vote in Arizona, following the new Arizona law and providing the documents called for by the law. Yet, each time that he applied, he was told simply that the documents that he provided were not sufficient, that they did not meet the requirements defined…
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