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Voter ID law faces second challenge

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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:09 pm | Updated: 4:08 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A second lawsuit is challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved measure that requires people to prove citizenship before registering to vote.

The complaint was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court on behalf of several groups, including Arizona Advocacy Network to People for the American Way, a national group formed to combat what it sees as “the influence of the radical right and its allies.’’ The lawsuit resembles one filed earlier this month by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the two may be consolidated.

Attorney David Rosenbaum represents the groups involved in the latest case. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to void the requirement, Proposition 200, adopted in 2004.

In addition to proof of citizenship, the proposition requires people to show proof of identification when casting ballots.

The law lists documents, from passports to bank statements, that would-be voters can use to verify identity.

Kevin Tyne, deputy secretary of state, said the requirement is constitutional. But Rosenbaum said many people don’t have access to any of the accepted documents.

The lawsuit said some poor people and nursing home residents lack government-issued documents and might not have recent utility bills or bank statements in their names. Plaintiffs also said that reservation residents live in areas without traditional addresses, and newly married women who are changing their names may not have the appropriate documents.

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