Our View: Not a citizen? Doesn’t matter?

Posted: March 20, 2013

What might be said of limousine liberals — i.e., they reside in a parallel universe (see editorial above) — may also apply to certain Supreme Court justices.

This was on display Monday during oral arguments into the legality of an Arizona state provision requiring proof of citizenship before a person can avail themselves of a voter registration form authorized by the 20-year-old federal “motor voter law.”

Apparently, it was beyond Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s comprehension that a state may want to determine whether a person is actually eligible to vote before he or she fills out the fast-track “motor voter” form. Prospective voters, under threat of perjury if they don’t answer truthfully, simply have to swear on paper that they are U.S. citizens when filling out the “motor voter” application, either online or at a local DMV office.

Arizona, among other states, says this is not enough. “It is the burden of the states,” Arizona Attorney General Thomas Horne said, “to determine the eligibility of voters.”

Well, it’s the responsibility of someone — or should be. Either states should be allowed to follow due diligence in this regard, or the “moter voter” law should be struck down for its failure to ensure a fundamental requirement — that, first and foremost, one must be a U.S. citizen in order to vote.