Federal appeals court blocks proof of citizenship requirement for registering voters

In a 2-1 split decision, the DC Circuit reversed a district court ruling and allowed a preliminary injunction barring Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia from including a proof of citizenship requirement on federal voter registration forms.

 

For now, that means voters are on the honor system, with no need to verify that they are eligible U.S. citizens beyond checking a box. From the opinion:

Neither this preliminary injunction nor a final judgment would forbid the Commission from including a proof-of-citizenship requirement if it determined that such a requirement was necessary to “effectuate [the States’] citizenship requirement[s].”

 

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