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Mon Jun 17, 2013, 11:00 AM

Surprise! Justice Scalia Strikes Down Arizona Law Requiring Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote

In an opinion by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, a 7-2 Supreme Court held this morning that an Arizona law requiring voting officials to reject voter registration forms that are “not accompanied by concrete evidence of citizenship” conflicts with a federal law requiring states to use a uniform voter registration form for federal elections. Scalia once justified an anti-immigrant opinion with a reference to laws excluding “freed blacks” from southern states, and he called the Voting Rights Act a “perpetuation of racial entitlement. So his authorship of this opinion is both unexpected and a sign of the weakness of Arizona’s legal position in defending this law.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/17/2166661/surprise-justice-scalia-strikes-down-arizona-law-requiring-proof-of-citizenship-to-register-to-vote/

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Response to appleannie1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2013, 11:05 AM

1. Good but to pick a nit: Its incorrect to say by headline 'Justice Scalia strikes down,'

when the Court did so, by a 7-2 decision written by Justice Scalia (and agreed to by others.)

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Mon Jun 17, 2013, 11:11 AM

2. 7 to 2 was the FIRST 12/12/2000 verdict to send it back to Florida

 

Scalia led the Court 5 to 4 saying Nah, nah, time is up too bad and threw the decision to Bush

BTW-Scalia did NOT overturn the part where immigrants can be stopped at any time in Arizona to show their papers.

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