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Voter ID rules here to stay
U.S. Supreme Court reverses appeal ruling

Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Oct. 20 that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to forgo Arizona's voter identification rules.

This ruling allows the state to continue implementing the voting rules contained in Proposition 200.

"This decision eliminates all confusion about what rules will be followed for the November 7 general election," Goddard said.

According to these regulations, which were approved by voters in 2004, the following documentation is necessary if an individual chooses to vote the Nov. 7 elections.

Voters may present a photo ID that bears the voter's name and address. Acceptable forms of photo ID are a valid Arizona driver license, a valid Arizona non-operating identification license, tribal identification, or a valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification.

Alternatively, voters may present two different forms of non-photo ID that bear the voter's name and address such as:

• Utility bill dated within 90 days of the election (examples include electric bill, cell phone bills, phone bills, etc.);

• Bank or credit union statement dated within 90 days of the election;

• Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration;

• Vehicle insurance card ;

• Indian census card;

• Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification;

• Property tax statement for the voter's residence;

• Any valid federal, state or local government issued identification, including a voter

registration card;

• Recorder's Certificate.

Voters without identification may cast a conditional provisional ballot at the polling place, and that ballot will be counted if the voter presents proper identification within three business days after the primary election and five business days after the general election.

For more information about voter identification requirements visit the Secretary of State's Web site at Arizona residents who believe they have been denied the right to vote because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, or disability may file a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division in Phoenix at (602) 542-5263, outside Maricopa and Pima counties at 1-877-491-5742, Tucson at (520) 628-6500 or visit the Attorney General's Office Web site at

Following the Oct 5 elections, several individuals alleged that their constitutional voting rights had been violated. A suit followed these claims and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals postponed the voter identification requirement.

However, on Oct. 13, Goddard filed a 30-page application with the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Arizona to follow the Proposition 200 voter identification and registration rules.

The application was filed with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is assigned to hear emergency petitions from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court. Justice Kennedy reviewed the application and referred it to the full Supreme Court for consideration.

In a six-page decision, the Supreme Court vacated the lower Court's ruling.

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