Posted On: June 17, 2013 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.

Arizona Citizenship Law Is Toast

The Supreme Court today shot down an absolutely ridiculous Arizona law that made voters provide proof they were U.S. citizens when they vote. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the 7-2 opinion. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.

The National Voter Registration Act forbids states to demand that an applicant submit additional information beyond that required by the Federal Form, the court found. The court's ruling does not stop states from denying registration based on information in their possession establishing the applicant’s ineligibility. It just means they can't make you show evidence when you walk up to register.

The Alito's dissent's point is that the statute is ambiguous and states should be able to decide to approach it however they like. Justice Thomas' point was that the statute requires that you follow a form but the state can require whatever additional information it wants when voters register.

I can't speak to these legal issues. I don't know who has the law right. What I do know is that it was silly all along to pretend that voter fraud was a big issue in this country. Immigrants have a voting problem: they don't vote enough and their voice is not being heard. I don't think many illegal immigrants are sneaking in to vote.