Arizona, Kansas To Require Proof Of Citizenship To Vote In State, Local Elections

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Arizona has found a new way to keep voters without proof of citizenship from voting in state and local elections.

In light of the Supreme Court saying the state could no longer require proof of citizenship for voters in federal elections, Arizona is splitting voter registration into two. Anyone can register to vote in a federal election using a federal registration form, but in order to register to vote in state and local elections proof of citizenship will be required.

Arizona is following in the footsteps of Kansas to create what the New York Times refers to as a “two-tiered system.”

It could keep thousands out of voting booths during state and local elections. It also means different registrants will be issued different ballots, which could become a logistical nightmare.

“If you require evidence of citizenship, it helps prevent people who are not citizens from voting, and I simply don’t see a problem with that,” said Arizona attorney general Tom Horne.

“It’s another veiled attempt at discouraging young voters, low-income voters, Latino voters from entering the electoral process,” Petra Falcón, the executive director of Promise Arizona in Action, told the Times.

The Supreme Court ruling protected federal elections, but left states open to pass their own voter ID laws.

Kansas and Arizona are currently suing the federal Election Assistance Commission to require proof of citizenship for federal elections.

Sources: New York Times, Newser