Supreme Court rules on voter documentation

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In a case originally filed by Common Cause and other groups, the U.S. Supreme Court today (June 17, 2013) ruled in support of voter access and against states adding burdensome paperwork requirements to register to vote.

The high court, in the case Arizona v. ITCA, upheld federal law that set a national standard for voter registration. The court rejected Arizona’s effort to require prospective voters to produce additional citizenship documentation beyond what is required by the National Voter Registration Act.

This decision will help safeguard the voter registration process from the kind of political manipulation we’ve seen far too much of lately in many states. It will also help block attempts in the states (like Texas) to restrict the right to vote.

 

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