Monday, June 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal by Kansas and Arizona Over Voter Registration Forms

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Kobach v U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 14-3062. 
East frieze panel in the Courtroom
The case had been filed by the states of Kansas and Arizona over the federal voter registration forms. Kansas and Arizona wanted to alter the federal forms (that were to be used in those two states) to require applicants to attach proof of citizenship. The Tenth Circuit on November 7, 2014, had ruled that the federal agency responsible for the forms had already held exhaustive fact-finding hearings and had determined that there is no need to amend the forms. The federal agency had determined that the existing form already has enough guarantees against non-citizens using the forms.
The Kansas Secretary of State, who has been a zealot against the federal form, will now probably proceed with plans already underway in Kansas to say that the federal form only registers individuals for the purpose of voting in federal elections, not state and local ones, although that proposed policy may result in new litigation. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the news. Ballot Access

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