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Kansas, Arizona prevail in voter citizenship suit

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In November voters will get to pick a new Governor and other important representatives.

But before they cast their vote, new voters will have to prove their citizenship.

A federal judge ruled today, that Arizona and Kansas can make sure voters are legal citizens before they cast their ballots.
 
"We will be able to move forward with one way becoming a registered voter in Arizona that is in accordance with Prop 200 that voters passed which is you show proof of citizenship," said Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.
 
Arizona and Kansas are the only two states that require new voters to show a valid driver's license, passport, or birth certificate before they can register to vote.

In the rest of the 48 states, a new voter only needs to sign a statement swearing they're a U.S. citizen.

Arizona's Attorney General Tom Horne, says the law now ensures only Arizona residents, and not illegal's, can vote.

But officials say, this law wasn't meant to prevent undocumented immigrants from voting.

"This law doesn't target anyone it targets everyone equally," said Bennett.

The Secretary of State is calling this a victory for voters opponents say it suppresses the voice of some voters like college students and the elderly.

"We've now put barriers in front of that process...  we have seen republicans down here at the capital every year come down with new legislation to do one thing to make it difficult for people to participate that's what its about voter suppression", said State Senator Steve Gallardo.

Gallardo says the ruling will not affect the 'majority' of voters mainly the youngest and the oldest population of would be voters who don't have access to the identification paperwork.

"If you're gonna disenfranchise one voter that's too many, we should not be making that change," said Gallardo.

Both sides are expecting an appeal to Wednesday's ruling the issue could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

New voters hoping to have their say in who the next Governor or congressional representatives will be, should prepare to show some ID when registering to vote.

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