Voter ID Supreme Court Decision: How it Could Suppress Citizens' Vote


A ruling on Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. is another case on the Court's docket that is sure to shape the next decades of voting in America. If the court rules in favor of Arizona, who is petitioning to keep a voter ID law requiring all "requires Arizonans to provide proof of citizenship as they register." That means a passport, birth certificate, or document of equivalency. Arizona argues that this referendum -- passed in 2004 -- is a noble fight against voter fraud. But  that's a falsehood. First things first, voter fraud is almost non-existent in this country. Many debates spurred up during the 2012 election, which sensationalized the conversation all together and created the impression that voter id fraud is widespread. There have only been two cases of voter fraud in Arizona since 2000. Many believe that in actuality Arizona's referendum was passed to keep Arizona's illegal immigrants from voting. The problem is that is there attempt to curtail illegal immigrants from ever voting, Arizona is also punishing some of its own citizens. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, argues that 2004 referendum conflicts with the 1993 "Motor Voter" federal law. According to this legislation -- which was drafted in order to make voter registration easier -- required "states to offer registration at driver’s license offices." In ruling in favor of Arizona would make it more difficult for actual citizens to vote. 

 

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Uchechi Kalu

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