9th Circuit strikes down AZ law requiring ID to vote
The U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, has struck down the law requiring Arizona voters to present proof of citizenship to vote.
Prop. 200, approved by Arizona voters in 2004, was found to violate federal law - the majority opinion was that the National Voter Registration Act precludes states from imposing additional requirements.
The case that was decided was Gonzalez v. Arizona. Plaintiff Jesus Gonzalez was representing individual Arizona residents and organizations, claiming that Prop 200 violated the NVRA, was a poll tax under the 24th Amendment, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amdendment, and disparately impacted Latino voters.
Judge Ikuta, who wrote the majority opinion for the decision, agreed that Prop 200 violated the NVRA, but rejected the other arguments.
To read the court's decision in its entirety, click here.