Today the Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision in the Arizona V. Intertribal Council of Arizona case overturned a section of Arizona law which attached a proof of citizenship requirement to the standard "Federal Form" for voter registration authorized by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) in order to become registered voter in Arizona.
"The Court today recognized what has been obvious to observers for years: that Arizona lawmakers acted recklessly and illegally in their attempt to suppress voter participation This is a victory for the Constitutional rights of all citizens," Rep. Rush Holt said.
"Of course, Arizona's repugnant overreach differs only by degree from similar efforts in other states to suppress voter turnout by, for instance, demanding that voters produce government-issued photo IDs to cast their ballots.
"The Court should have gone further and overturned various state laws that require a photo ID at the polling places. These "No photo, no vote" laws are yet another voter suppression scheme and a solution in search of a problem. We should be establishing a national standard to ensure the accessibility, verifiability, and auditability of every vote in the United States, not limit the franchise."
Rep. Holt has led the effort in Congress to reform our nations voting laws and restore the confidence for every voter that his or her vote was recorded and counted as intended, which is the very foundation of our democratic republic.