U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona’s Restrictive Voter Registration Law

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June 18, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona’s Restrictive Voter Registration Law

Hispanic National Bar Association’s Amicus Opposing Arizona’s Restrictive Voter Registration Requirements Supported by U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. – On June 13th, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s overly-restrictive voter registration requirements.  Specifically, the Court held that the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) preempts the Arizona law that required documentary proof of citizenship for voter registration beyond what the federal law demands. The court ruled that Congress could pass its own laws on the voter registration process, and states would have to yield to those laws.  The Arizona law sought to require that a potential voter must show hard proof that they are citizens in addition to the federal requirements that a voter must only declare that they are citizens on the federal form. Pursuant to the Supreme Court ruling, Arizona must now yield to the federal form and sign up those who present it.  The HNBA joined an amicus brief, led by the HNBA’s partner the Lowenstein Sandler firm, in opposing Arizona’s proposed law.  Twenty-eight Latino and Asian organizations joined the brief, which highlighted how the Arizona law would disenfranchise naturalized citizens.

“The HNBA has long opposed attempts to restrict the voting rights of our citizens, including by this over-reaching proposed Arizona law,” stated HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr.  “The ruling by the Supreme Court recognizes the HNBA’s position to protect the voting rights of all Americans.  This is a victory not only for the HNBA but for all voters in the United States.”

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