TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 18, 2013

The Supreme Court today was to hear oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of an Arizona law that requires all residents prove their citizenship before registering to vote in a national election. The Tennessean reports that the court’s ruling will impact four other states — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee — that have similar requirements, and 12 other states contemplating such legislation. The federal government argues that states do not have the right to impose requirements on registering to vote beyond those imposed at the federal level. The state argues that voter fraud, including by undocumented individuals, is a challenge it should be allowed to address.