Papers, Please – Unless You’re Voting

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In an effort to prevent voter registration from being “burdensome”, (especially for non-citizens that wish to chime in) the Supreme Court has ruled that people don’t have to prove their citizenship to be eligible to vote.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.

The justices voted 7-2 to throw out 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.

Federal law “precludes Arizona from requiring a federal form applicant to submit information beyond that required by the form itself,” Justice Antonia Scalia wrote for the court’s majority. (source)

All a prospective voter has to do in order to register is to sign a form saying that they are an American citizen.  Then they are officially eligible to vote.  No proof is required because, according to some, that might make it too difficult for people to register to vote, particularly minorities.

Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, led the charge to the Supreme Court.  “Today’s decision sends a strong message that states cannot block their citizens from registering to vote by superimposing burdensome paperwork requirements on top of federal law.”

The argument began in Arizona, where illegal immigration is a hot-button issue.  Officials in the state had passed a law requiring proof of citizenship and identification, such as an Arizona driver’s license issued after 1996, a U.S. birth certificate, a passport or other similar document, before voting.  Adversaries disagreed, stating that the law unfairly targeted groups like minorities, immigrants and the elderly:

Opponents of Arizona’s law see it as an attack on vulnerable voter groups such as minorities, immigrants and the elderly. They say they’ve counted more than 31,000 potentially legal voters in Arizona who easily could have registered before Proposition 200 but were blocked initially by the law in the 20 months after it passed in 2004. They say about 20 percent of those thwarted were Latino.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called the decision a victory. “The court has reaffirmed the essential American right to register to vote for federal election without the burdens of state voter suppression measures,” she said. (source)

The laws in this country say that you have to be an American citizen in order to vote.  Apparently, all you need to prove that you are a citizen is your word.  You need identification to borrow money, to cash a check, to buy cigarettes or alcohol, and to send your child to school.  You have to prove who you are to drive a car, travel outside the country, or to use your credit card.  But to cast your vote on matters of national importance, they’ll just take your word for it that you are who you say you are.

The voting system was already limping along, injured from accusations of fraudulent elections, media influence, and vote-fixing.  Now, it is well and truly crippled.  The right to vote in America means absolutely nothing.

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  • Tom Thatcher

    You have to wonder how much BloBama is paying these judges or what he has on them.. If the reps were doing this, these Criminals would be outraged. Many This country is almost dead…

  • OldGuy

    Oh the irony, Its like the TSA wanting to allow small pocket knives but not allowing liquids like breast milk or water on flights. Hypocrits one and all. Paid shills. Corrupt puppets with hands up anus working the glands. Hell if it werent for corruption this country would not have any government policy at all. God dmn beer is not mixing well with my bp meds, need slepp soon. grrrrrr god dam if I was younger .

    • Jean

      There is ONLY YOU. The young are a lost cause, even beyond the hormone issues and lack of experience.
      The young are being brainwashed to see this as normal. So, every TV show has gays in it, that’s a reflection of the children’s “normal”, they expect there are a lot of gay people out there – AND ACTUALLY WILL BE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THEIR OWN SEXUALITY IF STRAIGHT, AND IN ALL-HETERO GROUPS. Double-Win for the enemies.

      It’s only old coots like you who “get” it – we have a different idea of “normal”.
      And I picked on the gays, but it applies with slight differences to man/woman sex relations, and car and computer laws, and taxes, and government health care, etc, etc etc.

      And if you won’t fighr with or for, or provide material support: you’re part of the problem. (Which means I’m in it up to my neck, make no mistake, and I need to change that.)

  • tracy

    Might as well let all of south America vote in our elections. I am sure they have Americans best interest in mind when they vote. Not!

  • Jean

    ACTUALLY, this is WRONG, on its face (prima facie.)
    This is an obvious dodge, if you look across the board: For example, CA can’t add onerous environmental regulations on top of the EPA ones.

    “Federal law “precludes Arizona from requiring a federal form applicant to submit information beyond that required by the form itself,” Justice Antonia Scalia wrote for the court’s majority.”
    This is either an intentionally misleading statement (it is), and wrong (it is), or the government is just out to control us in every which way it can, including limiting our choices (it is). The purpose is to reduce us to slavery using economic and mental chains (the big two, anyway: debt slavery and public education indoctrination.)

    Check out Eric Peters Autos ( –> It’s the second article he’s added since I’ve been paying attention – but there’s a LOT of commentary there. They aren’t “conspiracy nuts,” but mnost of them sound like us… and are also tired of the BS. As are the ones at AltRight, and the Paleo- or Ancestral food locations, as do those at a large portion of the blogosphere. We’re not “Right” or “Left” or even Rethuglican or Democrap any more – Just FED UIP with the BS and want to be LEFT THE F*CK ALONE.
    I’d wager that taken as a whole, we’re well above the 3% needed to win any armed conflict. And THINK about that: ONLY 3%! That’s not including the kooks and psychos who would join just to create mayhem, either. JUST those who would want to return the world to the correct level of free association, ending the coersion of Gov’t. Keeping Uncle Sam’s hands off your money!

    Maybe it’s time to use the new media formats to get a few people elected, for good measure – to throw off the machine. Get out the vote and use Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, emails to get people who would never bother to vote because all the scumbags are running… Give them something to run FROM. Grandma’s tired of this shite and she’s gonna vote this time. AND air her opinions via new media, for good measure. And Joe, and Grandpa, and military, and most of the 50% or so who nomally DON’T vote, do the same: Say who they voted for and why. See if ANY of those elections last – and we have basis to challenge, too, if the comments are all recorded. 5 million people on Youtube saying, “I voted for “John Smith” and he better win.”
    Hey, ti works for the Dempublicans, to play this social media game – let’s turn it around on them. Make them bleed, make the fraud of both parties OBVIOUS, even just to make. it. OBVIOUS.

    Can’t hurt, right? Might avoid all-out war if it’s susccessful. And it still leaves the option to “drop back and punt” if needed.

    Tea Party failed in that regard, got co-opted by the Rethuglicans. Let’s let them know we’re not done yet…. And we can put a bullet in the worst offenders as a stop-gap, and no one says we need to run them consecutively – we’d be better off running them concurrently. It’s what has been done successfully in our country in the past.