When it comes to voter registration, the federal government trumps all jurisdictions. That was the ruling the U.S. Supreme Court issued today in the voter ID case known as Gonzalez v. Arizona.
At issue was an Arizona law that would have required potential eligible voters to prove their citizenship in order to register to vote. The federal government, however, requires no such provision. In a decisive 7–2 opinion, handed down by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court said that federal law “forbids states to demand an applicant submit additional information beyond that required by the federal form.”