Voter-ID rules suspended in Arizona

Voter-ID rules suspended
9th Circuit blocks Arizona's Prop. 200

Amanda J. Crawford
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 6, 2006 12:00 AM

Arizonans won't have to prove citizenship to register to vote or show identification at the polls in November, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the controversial new voting requirements passed in 2004 as part of Proposition 200.

Opponents argued the provisions were unconstitutional, amounting to a poll tax that could keep legal voters from casting ballots.

The ruling is likely to be appealed by the state. But, as of now, those who had problems registering because of the new requirements have until Monday to sign up to vote on Nov. 7.

What it means

Arizonans have until Monday to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election. No proof of citizenship will be required.

On Nov. 7, the polls will be run the old way: No photo identification or proof of address will be required unless the courts overturn Thursday's order.

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What Valley residents have to say

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