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Arizona: SCOTUS allows election to proceed with state's new voter I.D. rule in place

Nina Perales emails: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated an injunction ordered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Gonzalez v. Arizona, the challenge to voting restrictions in Arizona.

The Ninth Circuit had enjoined the operation of Proposition 200's voting restrictions pending consideration of the appeal of the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction.

The Supreme Court's decision means that the November 7, 2006 election will go forward with onerous proof of identity requirements for voters at the polls and also that people who seek to register to vote will have to provide documentary proof of citizenship.

MALDEF represents Maria Gonzalez, the lead plaintiff in the case, as well as other Latino individuals and organizations challenging the law.


Conservative proponents of this proposition shouldn't be dancing in the streets just yet. Stewart ominously notes in his concurring opinion that if the Court deals with Prop 200 in the future, having the election go forward means that the substance of the case might be dealt with "on the basis of historical facts rather than speculation."

If this election turns out to be a debacle, and there's clear evidence of either voter suppression or disenfranchisement, that won't help the proponents.

Slyly, Stewart seems to be setting up the fans of 200 for a possible big fall.

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