Voter ID

AZ Voter ID Law Goes to Supreme Court

Outcome could have wide impact on other states


The Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding that all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections.

The court will hear arguments Monday over the legality of Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal "Motor Voter" voter-registration law that doesn't require such documentation.

This case focuses on voter registration in Arizona, which has tangled frequently with the federal government over immigration issues involving the Mexican border. But it has broader implications. Four other states — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee — have similar requirements, and 12 other states are contemplating similar legislation, officials say.