10/27/2010

9th Circuit strikes down AZ law requiring ID to vote

Virtually everyone has some form of ID with their picture on it. 90+ percent of adults have a driver's license. And those that don't often have some other form of ID.

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.

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Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Obviously the 9th Circuit is suffering from hypoxia caused by having their collective heads stuck in their waste ports.

14th Amendment, Section 1:
Identifies whom are citizens.

15th Amendment, Section 1:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Hmmmm, citizens can vote.

19th Amendment:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Female citizens now have the right to vote.

24th Amendment:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reasons of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

So much for Jim Crow laws with the above...

26th Amendment: Voting age lowered to 18.

Each of these Amendments gives citizens the right to vote. The right to vote, is a privilege of citizens of the United States, not for aliens residing within our borders!

Proof of Citizenship does not place an undue burden upon anyone when they vote. I live in Michigan, and anyone here whom applies for a Drivers License must provide a valid birth certificate in order to obtain said license.

With the above in mind, let's look at Michigan's rules for voter registration, shall we?

To register to vote in Michigan you must be:

-A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.

-A citizen of the United States of America.

(Source: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf)

I'm rather curious... Are the above rules invalid according to the 9th Circuit Court? After all, I do have to prove American Citizenship in order to vote!

Also, when I do vote, I am asked for my drivers license so as to identify myself at the place of voting. Geez, maybe I can vote anywhere, at anytime, and as many times as I want because I don't have to prove citizenship in any way shape or form now!

Ahh, yes. Vote early and often!

10/27/2010 10:58 AM  

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