A federal district court judge yesterday declined to block an Arizona state law requiring voters to present an Arizona driver’s license or state-issued photo ID card, or two forms of approved non-photo forms of identification, such as a birth certificate and utility bill dated within the past 90 days. The new law also requires proof of citizenship for newly registering voters. Voting rights advocates, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, argue that the voter ID law places an undue burden on voting populations such as students, especially out-of-state students, Latinos, and low-income people.
“This law is essentially a poll tax for out-of-state students, who have a right to register and vote where they attend school,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Opponents of the law have appealed the US District Court ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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