Arizona, Kansas Create Federal-Only Class of Voters
Those who register with federal form can't vote in state, local elections
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2013 9:05 AM CDT
File photo of voting booths on Election Day.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – It sounds a little like whack-a-mole on voter ID laws: After the Supreme Court told Arizona it could no longer require proof of citizenship for voters in federal elections, the state plans to employ a work-around of sorts. The Arizona Republic calls it a "dual-track voting system" and the New York Times a "two-tiered voting system." People who register to vote via the federal registration form will be able to vote only in federal races, while those who use the state form—which still requires proof of citizenship—can vote in local, state, and federal races.

The move exploits a loophole in the Supreme Court ruling, explains the Times. While it declared that states can't trump Congress when it comes to federal elections, it left open the ability for them to keep voter ID restrictions in place on state elections. Hence, the separate ballots for voters depending on how they registered, which has raised fears of a logistical nightmare on Election Day. Kansas actually made the move first, and the two states also are simultaneously suing the federal requirement to demand that the federal form require proof of citizenship. If they succeed, their dual-voting systems would then be scrapped.

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hog_one
Oct 13, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
When you go down to the courthouse or voter registerstration office, how do you do it? Do you just walk-in and say that you are at least 18 and sign-up or do you have to show proof that you are of age and you are who you say you are?
ou81
Oct 13, 2013 6:22 AM CDT
Why is it that the Govt. is forsing everyone to sign up for Obama Care, but they gripe about voter ID laws? They say Oh, people can't get to the polls to vote because the're too far away. What I'm I'm saying is that these elderly people or people that are poor don't have computers, or have a way of getting to someone to explain it to them. Same premise w/voter ID yet the the Democrats say nothing about that!!!
trebor171
Oct 12, 2013 10:49 PM CDT
It is insane to not require government issued ID when voting. Everybody should want that, it's an American's birth right to be able to vote in this country and one should be proud to acquire an ID saying so.