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Arizona: TRO denied in suit re federal voter mail registration form

Nina Perales of MALDEF emails: Today, Judge Roslyn Silver of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona denied MALDEF's motion for a TRO blocking Arizona's refusal to accept the federal mail voter registration form without the additional proof of citizenship required by state law.

The case, Gonzalez v. Arizona, was filed May 9, 2006 by MALDEF and challenges both the proof of citizenship and voter ID provisions of Proposition 200. The TRO sought preliminary relief on the question whether Arizona could refuse properly-completed federal voter registration applications because Prop 200 requires documentary proof of citizenship with all applications.

The court held that we had not shown a likelihood of success on the merits, concluding that the NVRA permits states to require more information from applicants than that set out on the federal mail voter form.

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