Noncitizens registering and voting illegally is a real problem that compromises the integrity of our elections. Arizona is particularly affected because it has large populations of illegal immigrants, so they enacted a law requiring those registering to vote to provide proof of citizenship.
But the Supreme Court ruled yesterday against that Arizona law. Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky explains:
In a decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia and joined by six other justices…the Supreme Court said that Arizona must “accept and use” the federal mail-in voter registration form specified by the federal National Voter Registration Act (the Motor Voter law). Arizona’s requirement that proof of citizenship be submitted with the federal form is preempted.
While this was a step in the wrong direction, it was not a complete loss for supporters of honest elections. The decision was very narrowly focused and did not affect measures like Arizona’s voter ID law, which remains in force. Von Spakovsky explains a few other details the press overlooked: Continue Reading »