AG Asks Federal Commission To Let Arizona Check Voter Citizenship

July 31, 2013

Arizona’s Attorney General is asking a federal commission to let state election officials verify the citizenship status of all prospective voters. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona cannot ask voters who register using a federal form to provide proof of citizenship. That registration form only asks you to swear under penalty of perjury that you are actually a citizen. Before the high court’s ruling, state election officials would reject any of those forms that did not include additional documentation.

In its decision, the court told Arizona it could ask the federal Election Assistance Commission for a state-specific rule requiring additional proof of citizenship. Wednesday, Attorney General Tom Horne released a letter he sent to the commission requesting just that.

Horne says he will sue if his request isn’t granted by August 19. But that deadline might be difficult for the commission to meet, as it currently has no members.

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