Some residents here in Florida may be familiar with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. For those who may not be familiar with this act, it was established to make registration and voting easier for all Americans. But several states have challenged this federal law, including Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas and Tennessee, with another 12 other states comtemplating similar actions. These states are challenging the law by requiring voters to prove U.S. citizenship prior to voting--something the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to be unlawful this month.
The Supreme Court ruled recently that no state, including Florida, can require would-be voters to prove that they are U.S. citizens before using the federal registration system established by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The 7-2 decision was based on a case brought forward by the state of Arizona which argued that each state had the right to maintain its voter registry how it saw fit. The majority of the Supreme Court disagreed.