News FAQ: Supreme Court Overturns Arizona Citizenship Proof for Voting
On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled against Arizona’s voter registration requirement that applicants had to prove citizenship in a 7-2 decision, saying that it went far beyond the federal requirements designed to simplify voter registration. Here are some questions from around the internet about this new ruling:
Q: Is Arizona a state now?
A: Arizona was admitted into the United States in 1912.
Q: Is this aimed at Mexicans?
Q: But by even attempting to vote in Arizona, aren't you admitting that you're the kind of weirdo who would live in Arizona to begin with?
Q: Why do immigrants want to go to Arizona? Doesn't it blow?
A: The United States offers immigrants economic opportunities not available to them in their native Mexico, and Arizona's location on the U.S./Mexico border makes it a logical entry point into the U.S. But yes, by most standards, Arizona does blow.
Q: What’s wrong with making it harder for some people to vote? It’s not a right!
A: It actually is a right in the United States, provided you have not committed a felony in some states. The objective of a democracy should not be to be more inclusive, not less.
Q: That law wouldn't have applied to me, anyway. I have proof of citizenship. Check out my muscles.
A: No physique, no matter how impressive, is considered proof of citizenship.
Q: Can't Arizona have Speedy Gonzales run for governor, and then deport anyone who votes for him back to Mexico?
A: Ignoring racism, fiction vs. reality, copyright infringement, and the myriad other egregious problems with this question, let's just mention that voting in the U.S. is a confidential process, and that itwould be illegal to use ballot data in this manner.
Q: What's the big deal about showing polling place workers your birthmark shaped like a bald eagle to prove your U.S. citizenship? I do it every time I vote!
A: Very, very few people have a birthmark shaped like a bald eagle, and even this unlikely anatomical feature would not necessarily prove U.S. Citizenship.
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