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CAIR-AZ Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Proof of Citizenship Voter Requirement

CAIR-logo(Phoenix, AZ – 6/17/13) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn an Arizona law requiring individuals to provide proof of citizenship in order to vote.

The court voted 7-2 in the case of Arizona v. the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona in a case that clearly violated the National Voting Rights Act of 1993.  Had the proof of citizenship law in remained, it is clear that an undue burden and bureaucratic roadblocks would have been placed in front of eligible voters from minority and low-income groups.

“We are glad to see that the proof of citizenship law was deemed Unconstitutional,†said CAIR-AZ Board Member Imraan Siddiqi. “There have been documented cases in which eligible voters who were not able to vote in the last election because of the additional hurdles placed in front of them by the old law.”

Siddiqi added: “We believe that the regulations outlined by the federal government provide sufficient, comprehensive guidelines, and that the Arizona law would have led to a troubling precedent of similar laws being adopted across other states.”

CONTACT: Samantha Noyes, CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Coordinator, snoyes@cair.com Office: (602) 312-2223   

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