Skip to comments.BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Most of Arizona Voter ID Law (9th Circuit!)
Posted on 04/17/2012 12:12:02 PM PDT by montag813
by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
In a ruling which demonstrated just how radical is the Obama Administration's opposition to Voter ID laws, the very liberal U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Arizona's voter-approved 2004 law requiring voters to show proof of citizenship before receiving a ballot - a big victory in the battle against voter fraud in the runup to the November elections.
The Appeals Court mostly shot down the challenges to the law, which had itself been upheld in Arizona U.S. District Court. Arizona can demand to see certain forms of identification that proves citizenship, the court ruled.
And if someone doesn't have those forms of ID, paying the fees to obtain the ID isn't the same as a "poll tax."
However, the court also ruled that Arizona must not refuse federal voter registration forms, which work on the honor system by asking applicants to check a box indicating whether they're U.S. citizens. Arizona can't replace that form with its form that requires proof of citizenship, the court ruled. This is a remnant of the ultra-flawed National Voter Registration Act of 1993 ("Motor Voter Act"), which SWA has urged Congress to modify in future legislation.
But overall, the ruling is a major victory for Arizona voters, who overwhelmingly approved the law, and for Americans who support Voter ID laws with 73% support, according to a poll published just yesterday. And it may also be a preview of defeats yet to come for the Obama Administration's block of state Voter Id laws. including in Texas and South Carolina. Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder have tried to pretend that the Supreme Court never ruled in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (2008) , which upheld photo ID requirements for voting. But they are destined to lose big when the Texas and S.C. challenges get to the Federal courts.
Left-wing groups, including Chicanos Por la Causa, League of Women Voters, ACLU and Arizona's patron saint of illegal aliens, Sen. Steve Gallardo had all filed suit, among others. The plaintiffs in the case "did not prove that the ability of Hispanics to participate in the political process was lessened somehow because of the law", the Ninth found.
Judge Johnnie Rawlinson dissented, finding that Arizona could reject federal voter registration forms in place of its own form. Judge Harry Pregerson also dissented, but for a different reason. He believes the polling-place ID provision discriminates against Hispanics. The plaintiffs may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Another Holder fail.
Yet here in WI a Dane County judge can hold ours up in court in an effort to cheat Walker out of victory...
A wonderful development!!! Congrats to Arizona!
Holy Flippin' Crap!
I couldn’t have stated it any better!
Mexico Requires Voter ID`s Ha Ha Ha!!!
``Mexico’s national voter IDs part of culture``
Boosts country’s democracy
Mexican officials unveiled the voting ID two decades ago to properly identify electors in a country with a history of voters casting multiple ballots and curious vote counts resulting in charges of fraud most notoriously in 1988 when a computer crash wiped out early results favoring the opposition.
The credential proved so good at guaranteeing the identification of electors that it became the country’s preferred credential, one now possessed by just about every adult Mexican. Its widespread acceptance deepened democracy, too, by giving credibility to the Federal Electoral Institute, analysts say. The agency was created as an independent agency to oversee federal elections.
“It’s a very important prop for support of that institution,” said Federico Estévez, political science professor at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. “What people really know about (the electoral institute) is the card.”
The card must be renewed every 10 years. This meant thousands of Mexicans whose cards were expiring had to apply for a new one prior to Jan. 15 if they wanted to vote in the July 1 presidential election, prompting long lines outside agency service centers.
People in the lines were clutching folders of documents needed for renewal: a birth certificate, another form of photo identification and a recent utility bill.``
Not a big surprise in itself. Just the Ninth Circus doing it's bit to hasten the day when everyone can be required to "produce their papers."
WUT??? you lost???? Without VOTER ID this country will no longer be free....
With this news CD8 soon to be called CD2 may well be DemocRAT held any more.
Here's the loophole. Expect AZ to see a ton of this stuff.
" However, the court also ruled that Arizona must not refuse federal voter registration forms, which work on the honor system by asking applicants to check a box indicating whether they're U.S. citizens."
I completely agree. But it is a little bit of a Catch-22. And besides, the 9th doesn't tend to make it's judgements with an eye to freedom for the individual (except in sexual issues).
The most overturned Appeals Court eschewed the chance to be spanked again by the US Supreme Court.
Let’s hope this goes to the SCOTUS, AGAIN. SCOTUS already ruled in April 2008 but 0bama/Holder don’t honor SCOTUS rulings as we’re soon to find out with 0bamacare being implemented ANYWAY.
Funny, here in Texas I went to vote in 08 and they asked me for my ID as well as my voter registration card. I had my ID and they could check the rolls to make sure I was at the correct precinct but I still had to show my ID to prove I was who I said I was. If I didn’t have my ID and just the registration, they would not have allowed me to vote.
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