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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I plan to be on patrol outside my polling place wearing my Border Patrol cap. Just for grins.
You're not from Chicago, are you? Absentees, vote-by-mail, dead voters all manage to bypass voting in person. Obama would love 2 million illegal registrations in Texas, in Houston and Austin where local officials will organize the vote. I may still be voting in Chicago - I suspect my grandfather is.
.... 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.
The feds need to get out of the voter registration business. Yes, that means changing the Motor Voter Act.
I think they word it a little different though. No asterisks or ampersats.
This Voter ID issue baffles me. Puerto Rico, a mostly hispanic U.S. jurisdiction of four million U.S. Citizens, has had voter ID laws on its books for at least as long as I have been alive. And they do ask for proof of residency and citizenship when you show up to register. And the State Elections Commission requires their Photo ID to vote.
Where exactly did the 9th Circus find the brain cells necc. for this decision. It’s true then...even a blind squirrel find some acorns or something like that
Speaking of Arizona and Holder Failures, yesterday Katie Pavlich’s “Fast and Furious” was released, I’ve been reading it today, what a totally shameful episode. Somebody (make that plural) needs to go to prison—long term. 2 US Agents dead, 200-300 Mexican citizens murdered, utterly despicable. (I had read quite a bit of articles on F&F , but this just blew me away).
...it’s good to see the whole thing together in one place:
Take that, suckers!
Just posted the link on FB - some of my friends are going to be LIVID! Ah, well, it’ll get their working heart rate up. ;-)
Well, I’ll be damned.
Every country this side of Zimbabwe requires photo ID.
How come they're not worried about all the people dying because they can't get life-saving medication from the pharmacist without an ID? Where's the legislation for that?
Total intellectual dishonesty by the Democrats.
B U M P
LOL...I don’t think there’s any laws that would stop you from yelling, “La Migra”, either!
Considering 99% of the LEFT want open voting, no I.D., no nothing....you seem to be swimming against the tide.
He'll probably meet my aunts, uncle and cousins there. Quiet folk.
Good Grief. I will say this again. My comment was about one possible reason that the all-knowing judicial units of the 9th circuit could have gotten this one close to right. I am 100% in favor of requiring picture ID to vote. Period. But why would the obviously left-leaning 9th Circuit be in favor of voter ID? Because they can justify it in their own minds as increasing government control, which it does, but the government should control some things.
I guess we need an irony tag.
Good grief...is right.