Monday, March 18, 2013

STATEMENT: Quezada’s statement on the Arizona voter ID case heard in U.S. Supreme Court


 
STATEMENT: Quezada’s statement on the Arizona voter ID case heard in U.S. Supreme Court

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), released the following statement on the Arizona voter ID case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court today.

“Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, a case that focuses on Arizona’s requirement that people submit documents proving their citizenship when they register to vote.  The National Voter Registration Act increased opportunities for Americans to vote and standardized registration practices to better ensure equal treatment. The court will determine whether this voter protection prevents Arizona from imposing unfair voter registration requirements.

“There is already a standard federal voter registration form that requires people to affirm their citizenship under penalty of perjury. This practice is used by many states. In 2004, Arizona adopted voter registration requirements that undermined the NVRA and created unnecessary obstacles to voter registration, particularly to recently naturalized citizens.

“We need robust voter participation to support a healthy democracy. We are better served at all levels of government when we encourage all citizens to get involved in the elections process. The NVRA protections ensure that all citizens have a chance to have their voices heard. It is my hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will affirm that the NVRA prohibits Arizona from applying the proof of citizenship requirement to the federal voter registration form. Voter participation is vital in promoting American democracy. We need to make sure voting systems provide the tools to enrich the voting experience, and not turn qualified citizens away.”

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