Justices strike down Arizona's voter law
June 17th, 2013
10:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Justices strike down Arizona's voter law

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court on Monday tossed out an Arizona provision in its voter registration law that required proof of citizenship.

The 7-2 majority said the state's voter-approved Proposition 200 interfered with federal law designed to make voter registration easier.

The state called it a "sensible precaution" to prevent voter fraud. Civil rights group countered it adds an unconstitutional and burdensome layer of paperwork for tens of thousands of citizens.


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  1. just sayin

    this is ridiculous. what they are advocating is making voter fraud easier, not voter registration. this settles it, this country must round up every single illegal and make sure they are deported. it is now the only real solution.

    June 17, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. sonnie3

    Common sense is something the Supreme Court has little of.
    It don't take a rocket scientist to know it is stupid not to be required to be able to prove you belong in this country before you can vote in it. What a dam bunch of fools. Things are so corrupt these days with our government it is high time we take our country back and put the fools out of Government.

    June 17, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Boomer in Mo

    There needs to be some way to guarantee only legal citizens can vote.

    June 17, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. acepaul

    Proof of citizenship to register, photo ID at the polls. Simple and effective. I'm tired of the political manipulation of non-citizen voters and other voter fraud changing our nation for the worse.

    June 17, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. king

    i wonder why the depression of vote is not a scandal. these repubs are trying to fix something that isnt broken. if this voter fraud was wide spread then i would think about burdening American citizen not to vote. why is the repubs trying to destroy millions of Americans basic right to vote, why wasn't they doing this while bush was steeling the election from Kerry. they cant even hide their political agenda. hey if repubs can show proof to disenfranchise millions of Americans from voting. then let them do it. and it better not be no 1 percent crap either.

    June 17, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Tadow! About time this court got something right.

    June 17, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The Supreme Court has rendered a decision, that CONDONES illegal immigrants being allowed to vote in America.

    That, in my view, constitutes TREASON! Knowingly enabling non-citizens to vote in our elections, makes our elections subject to foreign influence, and that influence invalidates our entire electoral process. It is nothing but TREASON!

    June 17, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. john

    What a joke!!! Somebody tries to make sure that those who vote are legal citizens, and then somebody else overrides that decision and makes it "more comfortable" for those poor folks who want to get a voter registration card......illegally!!! We keep trying to dumb down the system so it's possible for all the slow-of-mind people to take part in making decisions in this country. But those people can't even figure out simple things, so why should we allow them to make big decisions that end up affecting our country negatively. What used to be known as the 80/20 rule is in all reality today the 90/10 rule. Those who don't know that theory/reality never spent a day at the collegiate level. 10% of the people do 90% of the thinking/developing. But no, now we want illegals to add to that 90% of the poplulation so we can ensure a further downturn in our society and become just like where they came from.

    June 17, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Peoples State of Illinois

    Welcome to the Peoples States of Mexico. America will soon no longer exist.

    June 17, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Sandy

    Listen to all the clueless republicans. LMAO.

    Illegals don't vote because if caught they would go to JAIL or be DEPORTED! It's funny how the right have fooled their supporters into believe that illegals vote so they can pass these laws disenfranchising legal voters. The fools fall for it hook, line and sinker. Too funny!

    June 17, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. ljnjn

    shameful. What a stupid stupid decision.

    June 17, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    This will increase the paperwork burden in the voter registration offices. As much as the right wing complains about big government, they sure know how to grow it in their own ways. States have no jurisdiction when it comes to determining someone's US residency or citizenship. Period.

    How are you supposed to prove your citizenship, anyway? Show a gun permit?

    June 17, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Tadow! About time this court got something right.
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    What exactly do you think is "right" about this????? Oh that's right – it's not YOUR vote being disenfranchised if an illegal alien votes, is it? Sick, sick thinking.

    June 17, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Sandy

    Listen to all the clueless republicans. LMAO.

    Illegals don't vote because if caught they would go to JAIL or be DEPORTED! It's funny how the right have fooled their supporters into believe that illegals vote so they can pass these laws disenfranchising legal voters. The fools fall for it hook, line and sinker. Too funny!
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    Clearly YOU don't get it. This is about voter REGISTRATION. So an illegal doesn't show citizenship – what's to prevent them from registering? Once registered, what's to prevent them from voting? Un freeking believable.

    June 17, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Hillcrester

    So many people just don't understand why SCOTUS ruled the way it did–with the opinion written by arch-conservative Scalia. So many do not understand the Constitution, the things Congress can do, and the limits on States.

    June 17, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Mikey

    Expect today to be one of those furlough-at-the-asylum days on the Internet.

    No, the SCOTUS is not endorsing non-citizen voting.
    No, this is not a threat to our democracy.
    No, non-citizens and dead people are not voting at any level that could throw the election for dog catcher in any city or town in America. Every time it is investigated, almost no actual cases are found.
    No, you cannot put an IQ requirement on voting – that would take away voting rights from the entire Tea Party.
    Yes, we do want the highest possible portion of legal citizens voting.
    Yes, strict ID laws tend to suppress the vote of legal citizens, especially among certain demographic groups.

    June 17, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. i12bphil

    This is just more proof of the huge problems at the Federal level.

    June 17, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. TommytheT

    wow...can we be any more lost in the forest for the trees.

    June 17, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Uh,
    This Article doesn't say what bunch of you know what's took this to the supreme court. And of course we have the latest Immigration Bill being debated in the Senate of wheather we will give 30 million or so eventually whatever you call it Amnesty. The Libs and Democrats think they are getting 30 million more voters. What you are actully getting are 30 million on all kinds of public assitance you are voting for. How many of these Low Skilled workers will be able to get jobs? Of course they will now have to get Social Security, half paid by the employer, unemployment benifits, etc. We really have agreat Supreme Court, don't we? Hey you voted for it ! Better read up on Nero again.

    June 17, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Ferathka

    Even the Supreme Court knows that voter fraud is so minimal you can't make a law to try and stop people from being able to vote because of who they may vote for. GJ!

    June 17, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. just sayin

    Sandy
    Listen to all the clueless republicans. LMAO.
    Illegals don't vote because if caught they would go to JAIL or be DEPORTED! It's funny how the right have fooled their supporters into believe that illegals vote so they can pass these laws disenfranchising legal voters. The fools fall for it hook, line and sinker. Too funny!
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    and without being able to ask for identification, just how do you think they will be caught?! they will not be caught! and they know it. it is clear the democrats want a voting system open and ripe for graud and corruption. chicago style politics at a national level. one most sacred right left totally unprotected. every illegal vote steals a citzens vote. totally unacceptable. our country will not exist in a few years thanks to the democrats. if obama can stack the courts even more we will be doomed in a few decades.

    June 17, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. ProudDem

    Once and for all folks....there IS NO voter fraud. They've done study after study and found only a handful of cases, and of those, none were cases where ID would have made any difference. People wail about government spending, but they have no problem spending tens of millions to fix a "problem" that doesnt exist.

    June 17, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. ST

    Now republicans pass the Immigration Reform. If you do not do it , the whole Party will be swept by water and disappear in the ocean. Every eligible Latino voter has now the right to vote without any worries.

    June 17, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Susan

    You have got to be kidding. ".......burdensome for tens of thousands of citizens." Burdensome for tens of thousands of illegals. Shame on the ACLU and other civil rights organizations who are fighting for the civil rights of illegal "citizens". These organizations need to get back to the roots of what their organizations are based on: protecting the civil rights of legal citizens and LEGAL immigrants.

    June 17, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Steve S

    Despite endless Conservative whining, voter fraud is NOT a major problem in this country.
    Voter suppression on the other hand.....is.
    BOTH Republicans and Democrats practice voter suppression, despite constant denials from each party.

    June 17, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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