Federal appeals court to reconsider Arizona US citizenship voting measure

A federal appeals court will reconsider a voter-approved initiative in Arizona that required people to prove their US citizenship before voting.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had initially struck down the measure, which was approved in 2004, because it conflicted with federal voter registration law, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

However, the same court decided to have a new hearing for the measure with an 11-judge panel.

Proposition 200 took effect in 2005 and required that people registering to vote for the first time provide some proof of their citizenship such as a US passport or a driver’s license.

The federal appeals court had initially ruled that the states could not ask for more than what was required by a 1993 federal law, which necessitates that voters in federal elections swear that they have US citizenship, reports the news source.

The court had determined that the 1993 federal law was designed to “reduce state-imposed obstacles to federal registration.” However, now that decision will be re-evaluated.

Bloomberg News reports that the case is Gonzalez v. Arizona.