Supreme Court Upholds “Motor Voter Law”
On June 17, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 pre-empts an Arizona voter registration law requiring documents showing proof of citizenship.
The Court affirmed a Ninth Circuit Court decision, which found that Arizona’s law conflicted with NVRA (which does not require documentary proof of citizenship but accepts a signed affirmation under penalty of perjury) and that the NVRA takes precedence. The decision was based on the elections clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power to regulate the “time, place, and manner” of federal elections.
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