In an astonishing display of Mexican racial activism, Latino pressure groups are pushing for the repeal of an Arizona law which merely requires that potential voters prove that they are US citizens before being allowed to vote in American elections.
The voter identification law, which under normal circumstances would be regarded as normal and logical, is being opposed in the Federal Courts by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) which claims that the requirement to prove American citizenship “negatively affects minorities.”
The measure, known as Proposition 200, requires voter registration applicants to show evidence proving US citizenship, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, or certain “Native American” tribal documents.
The official federal voter registration form merely asks the applicant to check a box indicating US citizenship, and to mail it in.
There are no checks that the person filling in the form is actually an American citizen, and the only “protection” is that it is perjury to make a false declaration—if the offending party is ever found out.
“If somebody’s willing to fraudulently vote, that person would be willing to sign falsely,” Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne told the Federal court today.
“We need evidence that the person is a citizen,” he said, pointing to evidence of hundreds of cases already uncovered of non-US citizens having registered to vote—and who have voted, particularly for Obama.
During the hearing today, Justice Antonin Scalia agreed with Horne, saying about the required signature form that “So it’s under oath—big deal. If you’re willing to violate the voting laws, I suppose you’re willing to violate the perjury laws.”
Scalia’s opinion was not shared by fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said that the statute was that “each state must accept and use the federal form, period—that’s the end.”
A final decision on the case is expected by June.
Four other states—Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, and Tennessee—have identical requirements, and 12 other states are contemplating similar legislation.