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Voting law requiring proof of citizenship rejected

Supreme Court rules 7-2 against Arizona measure

WASHINGTON — Arizona may not require documentary proof of citizenship from people seeking to vote in federal elections in that state, the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-to-2 decision Monday.

Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, said a federal law requiring states to “accept and use” a federal form displaced an Arizona law requiring various kinds of proof of citizenship.

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