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To Accept or to Reject: Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Elections Clause, and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993

April 30, 2014 | Download

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court decided in <em>Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona</em> that a proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration in Arizona was preempted by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. In contrast to the ruling that followed days later in <em>Shelby County v. Holder</em>, the Arizona decision created few ripples, because the majority’s decision had the same basic approach as the lower court whose decision it affirmed. In this article, Voting Rights Project Co-Direct Bob Kengle explores why the Supreme Court used one of the valuable spots on its docket to hear this case.

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