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Supreme Court Rejects Arizona Voter Law

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WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled against an Arizona law that would have required voters prove they are U.S. citizens, before registering to vote.
In a 7-2 vote, justices rejected the law approved by Arizona voters in 2004. But four other states -- Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee -- have similar requirements. And 12 other states are considering that type of legislation.
An official with a Mexican-American advocacy group says the ruling means that states can't impose "burdensome paperwork requirements" on top of what federal law requires in order to vote.
Arizona officials, though, have argued that they should be able to pass laws to stop illegal immigrants and other non-citizens from getting on their voting rolls.
And Justice Clarence Thomas, writing the dissenting opinion, said states are allowed to determine the qualifications of voters in federal elections, which means they can determine whether voters meet those qualifications.