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Court will hear Arizona case on voter registration

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up an appeal from Arizona over its requirement that people prove they are American citizens before registering to vote.

The justices will review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked the law in some instances.

A 10-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said that federal law trumps the Arizona requirement. Federal law allows voters to fill out a mail-in voter registration card and swear they are citizens under penalty of perjury, but it doesn’t require them to show proof as Arizona’s 2004 law does.

Four other states, Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee, have similar requirements, according to a legal brief filed by Alabama in support of the Arizona law. The case poses some of the same issues as voter identification disputes. Arizona and the other states argue that they should be allowed to ask for additional documentation to keep illegal immigrants and other non-citizens off the voting rolls. Opponents of the laws say they are used to exclude disproportionately poor and minority voters who lack birth certificates and other identity documents.

Arguments will not take place until February, with a decision likely by late June. The justices earlier refused Arizona’s request to reinstate the provision before the November elections.

The ruling applies only to people who seek to register using the federal mail-in form. Arizona has its own form and an online system to register when renewing a driver’s license. The court ruling did not affect proof of citizenship requirements using the state forms.

Arizona officials have said most people use those methods and the state form is what county officials give people to use to register. But voting rights advocates had hoped the 9th Circuit decision would make the federal mail-in card more popular because it’s more convenient than mailing in a state form with a photocopy of proof of citizenship.

The mail-in card is particularly useful for voter registration drives, said Robert Kengle of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is representing Native American and Hispanic groups in the case.

The citizenship requirement stems from Proposition 200, approved by Arizona voters in 2004. The law also denied some government benefits to illegal immigrants and required Arizonans to show identification before voting. The 9th Circuit upheld the voter identification provision. The denial of benefits was not challenged.

Soon after voter’s approved the law, Latino, native American and other rights advocacy groups filed lawsuits challenging the voter registration provision and other aspects of the law.

The appeals court has issued multiple rulings in the case concerning the need for registrants to prove they are U.S. citizens. A three-judge panel initially sided with Arizona. A second panel that included retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who from time to time sits on appeals courts, reversed course and blocked the registration requirement.

At that point, the appeals court judges voted to have the case heard by the larger, en banc court. The federal and state governments share responsibility for elections and this dispute is over where the line should be drawn between them.

 

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  1. ARE we just going to keep on importing more and more wretched poverty, stifling the honest immigrants that wait patiently for years on our doorstep? Is the U.S government ignored for decades a need for tracking visitors, or even intentionally cutting off funds for constructing the real double layer fence at the border, committed by the George Bush presidency under the 2006 secure Fence act. I often wonder if there is some secret pact between those authorities south of the border and our own agencies, which we will accept a certain amount of their desperate illegal migrants, to proliferate for farming and corporate entities. This is self evident when the majority Liberal Sacramento assembly, wants to give some form of feigned identification that the police will have to deal with? The voters in the “Sanctuary State” should be well aware, that in Los Angeles especially they are pressing for more money for education in their Proposition 30, because the schools are clogged with the children of illegal aliens and taxpayers are expected to pay?

    A WARNING THAT IF PRESIDENT OBAMA IS VOTED INTO THE OVAL OFFICE AGAIN, WITHOUT ANY FEAR OF CONTRADICTION HE WILL COMMIT HIMSELF AND HIS LIBERAL CZARS TO MIND BUCKLING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. AN ANOTHER MASS AMNESTY THAT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION STATES THROUGH THEIR STATISTICAL RESEARCH WILL COST TAXPAYERS OVER 2 TRILLION DOLLARS TO PROCESS AND COMPLETE. NOT JUST A DREAM ACT WITH 3/4 OF A MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT AN OFFERING OF A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR AN ESTIMATED 20 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS AND COUNTING. JUST THE TEA PARTY STANDS IN THE WAY OF ANOTHER TRAVESTY OF OUR IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT OF THE 1986 BILL.

    UNLESS OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE REALLY ENFORCED, SUCH AS A FELONY, THE UNCEASING FLOW OF ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL NEVER STOP.

    WE have Obama’s Department of Justice continuously attacking states as Arizona, because they can least afford the hundreds of millions of dollars states are forced by the courts to pay for free medical care, education for the children of illegal aliens throughout this country. Hundreds of billions of dollars are literary extracted from taxpayers pockets, to pay for illegal aliens stealing into America with unborn babies to pay for their delivery, their education and public welfare cash payments.

    The TEA PARTY “THE PEOPLES PARTY” has stepped up to the plate. The TEA PARTY OF ALL RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION, EVERY CLASS, EVERY RACE ARE FED UP AND FRUSTRATED WITH THESE FREE GIVEAWAYS. NOW AN ESTIMATED 41 MILLION TEA PARTY MEMBERS AND STILL GATHERING STEAM AND ARE OPENLY FLOWING INTO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ARE READY TO TACKLE THE CORRUPTION IN BOTH PARTIES.

    ODDLY ENOUGH THE LIBERAL JOURNALISTS IN THE MAINSTREAM PRESS THINK THE WHOLE MOVEMENT HAS DISSOLVED, AFTER THE MASSIVE CROWD THAT OVERWHELMED WASHINGTON DC SOME YEARS AGO. WE ARE STILL HERE AND WILL BE CAREFULLY WATCHING THE VOTING PUBLIC IN NOVEMBER. WHEN 71 PERCENT OF LEGAL HISPANICS HAVE STATED THEY WANT PHOTO ID’s SHOULD SHOWN, TO PROOF WHO THEY ARE ACCORDING TO THE PEW HISPANIC CENTER.

    The children of illegal aliens have been unaware of their status, caused by their criminal parents entering our country? The Mother should be held responsible and deported as they have cost for decades record amounts of taxpayers money. SO UNLESS A SIMPLE CHANGE TO 14th AMENDMENT IS IMPOSED, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT SHOULD BE GOING TO OUR OWN POOR, OUR OWN HOMELESS OUR OWN CITIZENS, INSTEAD OF BEING APPROPRIATED TO PAY FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN WELFARE.

    Today there has been a remedy for them through President Obama’s executive preference, although it should have been voted on in the Congress. This inconceivable problem will never go away and will indeed get far worse unless Congress enacts the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL. It is highly controversial and unless an amendment is forthcoming, the state treasuries will be forever drained. Pregnant mothers coming here with the deliberate plan to have their child on welfare and the hundreds of Billions of dollars extracted by inept federal laws of that says children born here automatically receive citizenship. The illegal alien parent is feeding from the welfare trough, without ever paying a cent into the fund. This can only escalate further as President Obama is encouraging illegal immigrants and migrants to come, by delivering free food stamps without any restrictions. Just look at California, THE SANCTUARY CITY STATE” Where Los Angeles city Administrator gave out the latest payout of the children of illegal alien parents. Two months and a hundred sixty million dollars later and now Los Angeles is pushing for another tax hike. This is incredulous-to let our lousy, incompetent federal government pay for all these illegal aliens in this border state. NO WONDER CALIFORNIA IS IN A DOWNWARD FISCAL SPIN?

    Only the enactment to this amendment can stop this problem by making it official that only the children of at least one parent being a U.S. citizen. Also waiting for a vote in the House is mandatory E-verify “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” law to halt illegal aliens taking citizens and lawful residents jobs. Why this law remains dormant to show how many the politicians care about the legal workers, although this law has been carefully hidden from site by none other than Democrat majority leader Harry Reid. Why with 8.1 percent of Americans are jobless, why either the House or Senate refuses to bringing either of these laws to the HOUSE AND SENATE CHAMBERS.

    Obviously the 47 percent mainstream Liberal-Communist-Marxist progressives will provide the ammunition to attack Romney, but they will stay silent about the pandering to the “Freeloaders” the scroungers, parasites and illegal aliens who live off the rest of us. Not forgetting that many in the percentage are the infirm, sick and handicapped that needs a helping hand.

    As the TEA PARTY.ORG STATE and you should read the evidence to support it:

    Why both Democrats and Republicans are are afraid of getting tough and both are refusing to protect our Constitution. They want to play it safe, not ruffle any feathers and play dumb when it comes to what made our nation great and what keeps it great. How many times have you asked yourself: WHERE ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEY DOING? They sit silent, do nothing. Too much of the Republican Party is run by knuckle-dragging Neanderthals practicing caveman politics while the Democrats ranks are filled with liberal-Marxist progressives practicing global communism.

    Whats America to do? It is very simple: All law abiding citizen be the resistance. Oust Obama now.

    News Flash: The values embedded in our Constitution come right out of the Bible, reinforced by the will to be a free people. The Tea Party knows it and that is what makes us so dangerous to the Obama and his collection of Liberal Progressives and Kool-Aid drinking Republicans.

    Think I’m kidding? Listen up, this week Senator Harry Reid of Nevada sent out an urgent plead for money saying:

    “I don’t want to wake up on November 7th wishing I could have done more to prevent a Tea Party takeover of Congress.”

    Its no wonder Senator, when you have just about killed every new bill to pass through the Congress. You even crippled E-Verify, which would achieve removing hundreds of thousands or even millions of illegal workers and opening the closed doors for citizens and legal residents.

    As I read his plea I realized he wasn’t fearful of Islamic terrorists on a Jihad, flying planes into buildings—or even another ambassador being savagely dragged out of a U.S. Embassy to be burned alive in the name of a false God.

    Nor was Senator Harry Reid worried about Wall Street crashing or the dollar becoming worthless.

    Our country is going to hell in a hand basket, the Middle East is burning our flag in effigy and bad seed Reid fears…a Tea Party takeover.

    Of all the lame-brained, half-ass ed ideas, Harry Reid, this takes the cake.

    For a U.S. Senator to be alarmed of the very people who believe in preserving America is downright insanity. Absolutely ludicrous! Around 41 million average American, young, old, different religious persuasion and diverse class of people who are black, white, Hispanic and all races.

    Reid actually believes the Tea Party is more dangerous to President Obama and the liberal progressives, than all the murdering terrorists combined? Let me put this a little more succinctly:

    In the eyes of a leftist, an 81-year old grandma with a cardboard sign is more lethal than a crazed terrorist zealot with a machete whose sole intent is to murder. The Obama administration will not even call these fanatics “Terrorists” or murderers, even after the Twin Towers massacre of 9/11?

    Why would Reid believe that?

    Because the Tea Party believes in everything he and his cronies do not as they have proven again and again these past four years:
    Pledging allegiance to the U.S. Flag, not burning it; Honoring the Constitution, not destroying it; Voting for God and not voting God out; Legal immigration not the illegal alien invasion; Fiscal responsibility, not spend-a-holic politics.

    • Make sense now? We are in a war to save our American heritage! If the Obama Czars were to get their way, they would erase our heritage and rewrite it to reflect their poison values and their twisted idea of what America should be: a socialist regime.

    If the Global Communist Obama Czars were to grab America they would:
    • Burn all American heritage books; Destroy the red, white and blue;
    • Shred the U.S. Constitution; Defund and disband our military;
    • Eliminate free speech; Takeaway our guns.
    America is in deep trouble
    Were on the Highway to a disaster,
    Careening Out of Control!
    • The only true hope for America is a Tea Party takeover so we can put America back on course and stop the caveman politics, global communist takeover and the tom-foolery in Washington!

    I hope you get what I am saying here. The world is falling apart because America is falling apart. Islamic terrorists smell the weakness in Obama—and they will take advantage to strike. The coming year the new president could face:

    • World holy war; Crash of the dollar; Wall Street failures; Unemployment hitting astronomical highs; Work force denigration; Nuclear War in the making.
    It is up to the backbone of America to give US Citizens their dreams back and that backbone is YOU!

    Resurgence of Liberty means the removal of global communism that is poisoning the blood stream of America and to restore our great heritage. No longer can we allow America to decay—the Tea Party must be the resistance.

    No longer can we afford to sit in a circle and sing Kum-ba-yah. We must join forces and tell them “GET OUT, YOU’RE FIRED!”
    Be The Resistance
    The Tea Party must be a positive force for America. We must turn…..
    • Return decay into growth; Immorality into wholesome traditional values; Sick spiritually into Judeo/Christian values; Political ineptness into conservative government;
    • Economic disaster into thriving free-enterprise; fallen world stature into world leader.
    How can we do this? Where does it start? Who shall be the leader? A Tea Party takeover must start with “We the People.” YOU are Americas greatest asset! This is what I am asking you to do. It wont cost you a thing, but if only a few do this it could cost us our beloved nation. Are you ready? I am going to ask you to spread the word. It is that simple—just send this email to your friends. Give them the chance to save America, to step-up and say: “I’m with you. You can count on me!” It makes no difference if they are a member of some other organization or whether you think they’ll read this email or not. It is the only way that I know to build bulk to our movement.

    Yes, we are millions strong, but in order for us to accomplish a complete and thorough take back and takeover of America we need tens of millions more to join the ranks—now. This is where you come in. Do you love your freedom enough to send this email to a few of your friends? Are you as mad as hell and not going to take it anymore? Say it now, “YES! YOU CAN COUNT ON ME!”

    Now is the time, here is the plan, but only you can be the leader and take the action. Go to TEA PARTY.ORG and gain more evidence and make your own judgment?

    Maybe you are too scared to step up and be counted. If so, I urge you to remember: The Obama zealots are demanding America get on her knees and kiss the rear of 3rd world countries begging for their forgiveness. They demand the U.S. apologize for our greatness and wallow in pity. The Washington Pharisees demand the U.S. repent for our sin of being too great, having too much, and giving too much. If the Obama Liberal Czars progressives grab America they will demand “We the People” plead for the worlds mercy, promise America will never be exceptional again.

    As you read this email the Washington scalawags are seeking foolish guidance from the 3rd world leaders and bowing to all banana republic potentates. You know I’m telling the truth, because you have seen the photos.

    You understand if the Tea Party fails the liberal progressives will demand and get America to:
    • Disarm; Throw open our borders; Delete our heritage; Lose our exceptionalism. KEEP PRESSING FOR THE ABHORRENT “Political Correctness”.

    The world will demand our nation be divided, property seized for the greater good, the rich stripped of their wealth and dignity and some prosecuted for their open use of the free enterprise system. The media will be exalted into King-makers as wise sages of truth and world guidance. Heaven help us all. That’s not the world I want and I WILL RESIST, but will you? Are you with US? Can we count on you to vote against a President with irregularities in his past? I just have no idea what to think, but something stinks about Barack Obama and generally I am not a person who resorts to conspiracy theorists?

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