The Ottumwa Courier

June 26, 2013

A victory for voters

Ottumwa Courier

---- — On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a victory for voters when it struck down an Arizona law requiring documentary proof of citizenship when citizens register to vote instead of a written statement. The Court’s decision in the case, Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA), upheld the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), more commonly known as the “motor voter” law, which facilitates voter registration drives like those conducted by the League of Women Voters.

The Justices’ 7-2 ruling also keeps the voter registration process free from political manipulation by ensuring that states cannot independently change or add additional requirements to the national voter registration form, which was standardized by the NVRA. In upholding the NVRA, which the League of Women Voters helped pass in 1993, the Justices ensured that our nation’s democratic system remains open to all eligible voters. The Court’s decision not only reinforces Congress’ power to protect our right to vote but also ensures that Arizona is no longer able to wrongfully reject thousands of voter registration applications from eligible voters.

Beverly VerSteegh


League of Women Voters

Ottumwa chapter