Opponents of Arizona Voter Registration Procedures Ask U.S. Supreme Court Not to Overrule Ninth Circuit

On June 18, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to leave the recent Ninth Circuit opinion in Gonzalez v Arizona intact, at least for now. The Ninth Circuit had ruled several weeks ago that Arizona must accept the federal voter registration postcard forms. Arizona acknowledges it must accept the forms, but the state requires some add-on questions that are not on the federal form. The Ninth Circuit had construed the federal postcard registration law to mean that the federal form, all by itself, is sufficient and the state can’t require extra information.

The information that Arizona wants is proof that applicants are citizens. The federal form asks people to say under penalty of perjury that they are citizens and otherwise eligible to vote, but does not require additional documentation. See Scotusblog’s report on this case, which includes a link to the MALDEF brief. There is also a link to a second brief, filed by an ally of MALDEF, which discusses the problem that Arizona’s law creates for some residents of American Indian reservations.

Arizona will file a final brief by June 20, and then there will probably be a quick response from the U.S. Supreme Court, to determine if the Ninth Circuit ruling stands during the next few months.


  1. TruFoe · · Reply

    A.L.E.C and their infantry (a/k/a Republican Party) don’t give one tiny little shit whether Arizona or Florida catches, what was it…50…registrants who were not legal citizens of the U.S. What they do care about, deeply, is instituting any procedure, under the guise of identifying alien registrants, which will have the effect of denying the franchise to thousands upon thousands of U.S. citizens who are legally registered and likely to vote Democrat.

    This is the donkey in the living room, and it’s crapping on your constitution.

  2. Demo Rep · · Reply

    How many communists want to have foreign INVADERS in control of elections in the U.S.A. ???

    How many FELONY fake documents (and Felons) in the U.S.A. ???

    — voter stuff, Soc. security stuff, bar I.D. stuff (fake driver’s licenses), fake birth certificates, fake business papers stuff, etc.

    — plus zillions of LIES on regular govt forms – taxes, medicare, etc. ???

    This kind of stuff AIN’T new.

    See the left/right stuff in Russia in 1917, in Germany in 1932, in Spain in 1936, etc. etc.

    Deja Vu again and again and again.

    Producers versus LOOTERS — for a mere 6,000 plus years of recorded history.

    Earlier in the U.S.A. — the 1776-1865 EVIL slavery MONSTERS LOOTING the work of the slaves.

    Gee – what enabled the U.S.A. to have about a 55 percent MILITARY/WAR economy in 1942-1945 to fight and destroy the EVIL Axis Powers slavery MONSTERS ???

    A possible 60-80 percent WAR economy in the ex-USSR fighting the nazis (with about 30 million DEAD) ???

    Is such a repeat effort now economically impossible — due to welfare statism ???
    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V. — to get some sort of sanity into govt economics — since 1929.

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