Surprise! Justice Scalia Strikes Down Arizona Law Requiring Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote
In an opinion by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, a 7-2 Supreme Court held this morning that an Arizona law requiring voting officials to reject voter registration forms that are “not accompanied by concrete evidence of citizenship” conflicts with a federal law requiring states to use a uniform voter registration form for federal elections. Scalia once justified an anti-immigrant opinion with a reference to laws excluding “freed blacks” from southern states, and he called the Voting Rights Act a “perpetuation of racial entitlement. So his authorship of this opinion is both unexpected and a sign of the weakness of Arizona’s legal position in defending this law.
For years deluded right wingers have said that gun registration restricts your freedom as it allows the government to keep tabs on you. Yet, these same delusionals feel that registration for voting with "concrete evidence of citizenship" does not make such an imposition. If they were as principled as they pretend to be they would be taking a consistent position on the matter of registration.
The SC has ruled that federal law trumps state law. Indeed, the supremacy clause of the Constitution settles that easily. Therefore, Arizona's suppressive law was overruled by federal law in this case.