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Arizona seeks to keep voter registration rule

PHOENIX – The state of Arizona asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday
to let the state’s requirement that people prove their citizenship in order to
register to vote remain in effect during the current election cycle.

The state is asking for the requirement to remain in effect while the state
appeals an April 17 decision by the 9th Circuit Court Appeals.

That decision concluded that federal election law trumps Arizona’s registration
requirement.

The state’s lawyers say the requirement ought to remain in effect because
there’s a reasonable probability that the court will agree to hear its appeal
and reverse the lower court’s decision.

Nina Perales, a lawyer for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education
Fund, says her group will oppose the request and consider the requirement to be
a constitutional violation.