But the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the state cannot require proof of citizenship when a voter is submitting a federal registration form and at the polls, The Arizona Republic reported. However, the state can still require that proof when a voter submits a state registration form.
The court said the U.S. Constitution gave Congress the power to make or alter state laws regarding federal elections. The National Voter Registration Act establishes a standard federal registration form that all states must accept, requiring applicants to sign a statement that they are citizens. But the act it does not require them to show proof, the newspaper said.
In dissent, Judge Harry Pregerson said there is a long history of state-sanctioned discrimination against Hispanics, and the state voter ID law could be a continuation, Capitol Media Services reported.