October 27th, 2010
07:44 AM ET
12 years ago

Federal court overturns part of Arizona voting ID law

(CNN) - A federal appeals court has ruled against an Arizona law that requires residents to prove their U.S. citizenship to register to vote, but upheld a part of the same law that mandates residents to show identification before voting.

The decision made by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday was part of an ongoing court battle surrounding Arizona's Proposition 200.

Arizona passed the law in 2004, prompting legal challenges.

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • issues
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. scott

    Let me get this straight, all you need is an ID to vote in this country, does not matter if you are a citizen or not? So any foriegn citizen with an ID issued from the USA can vote. SO that means any illegal alien with an ID can vote now. This is so wrong, I hope Airzona appeals his law. This is so wrong.

    October 27, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that part of the ruling needs to be reviewed. I don't like what I have heard about the Arizona law (not living in state, I haven't bothered to read it), but citizenship is required to vote in any election. I guess how do you show that your are eligible and your citizenship I guess is the point.

    October 27, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Dr Matrix

    This stupid woman thinks she can override Federal laws. Her campaign is doing the job the Feds won't. All she does is sign meaningless laws that get tied up in court and cost we the people while lawyers get rich. She pays for it by cutting education spending. She wants the people of AZ to be the least educated in the country so they can be lanscapers, janitors and busboys since she and the crazy sheriff are trying to deport every poor brown person in the state.

    October 27, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. keepstufingthis

    The good old 9th Circuit, the most overturned in the country, full of Democrat liberals. San Francisco based, nuff said.

    October 27, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. vic nashville tn

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer doesn’t analysis before she does anything

    October 27, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    The RIGHT praises the constitution when it benefits them – But oh, don't let it be in the favor of “Something” or “Someone” they are against – all HELL breaks loose!!!

    This is why we have courts and this is why we have LAWS!!!! I am sure it will be appealed and then it will go into an everlasting SPIN!!! It's been that way since the first Immigrant came here (illegally because we DARE NOT count the ones who originally STOLE the land!).

    This BURP in the news will pass and come again and eventually, it will be resolved!! I cannot see this argument going on for the next 5 years as to who should STAY or who should GO!!!

    DEMOCRATS in AZ make it EZ on YOU – Get OUT and VOTE!!! It’s that simple!

    This is T'SAH from VA and I approve this message!!!

    October 27, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Marcus

    Before ANYone starts saying ANYthing about 'liberal judges' appointed by 'liberals/democrats', check the story of the judge who ruled against the law. And please remember, it's not because a Federal administration fails (or just allegedly does so) to enforce a Federal law that a State administration has the right to stomp on said law.
    There's a thing in laws called hierarchy, the Constitution on top, then the Federal laws and next the State ones (the County laws are for last obviously). If a Federal Administration fails to do its job and support the Federal laws, a State has NOT the right to take the matter in its own 'hands'.
    Arizona seems to have forgotten that.

    October 27, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    What is wrong with requiring proof of citizenship for voting? It's easy to grab one's passport or birth certificate on the way out the door to the polling place.
    If one can't do that, then something is wrong.
    Too many dead persons and aliens vote when community organizers get involved in elections.

    October 27, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. stufit

    The good old DNC/SEIU controlled 9th Circuit. The most overturned court in America. This ruling bought by George Soros and the SEIU in their continuing effort to steal taxpayer money. That is how we ended up with a totally corrupt, inept, incompetent, lying, union toady president who is telling republicans to get in the back seat and calling us enemies. A page out of the Saul Alinsky textbook. The great healer, not. Just another fraud.

    October 27, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Patty

    And after proving who you are, please don't vote this kook in control of Nevada.

    October 27, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. stevegee

    We The People have two choices on November 2nd:

    Vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote for individual responsibility and opportunity - vote Republican.


    Vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtaxing, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    October 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Before you conservatives start 2004 Bush and his justice dept. Challenged this not Obama

    October 27, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |