There’s been a lot of discussion on the internets regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. Much of my friends on the Left celebrate the ruling and slam Republicans who hold the silly notion that only citizens should vote.
Consider this from Senator Vincent Fort:
I applaud the justices who interpreted the law for what it really was: an attempt to shut out certain groups from the democratic process.
I’d urge everyone to read an analysis of the ruling by Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS blog:
On the particular point at issue in this case — Arizona’s requirement of proof of citizenship before one may register to vote or actually vote — the Scalia opinion said that a state was free to ask the federal government for permission to add that requirement. And, Scalia said, if that doesn’t work — either because the federal agency that would deal with such a request is either not functioning or says no — then a state would be free to go to court and make an argument that it has a constitutional right to insist on proof of citizenship as an absolute qualification for voting, in all elections.
The opinion seemed to leave little doubt that, if Arizona or another state went to court to try to establish such a constitutional power, it might well get a very sympathetic hearing, because that part of the Scalia opinion laid a very heavy stress on the power of states under the Constitution to decide who gets to vote. Indeed, that part of the opinion said that the Constitution simply does not give Congress the power to decide who can qualify, but only how federal elections are run procedurally.
I hope the State of Georgia seeks approval from the Feds to add a proof of citizenship requirement to the voter registration form and if necessary, go to Court to force it.