Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett

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For Immediate Release
Nov. 11, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
(602) 350-2834 - mobile

Twitter: @therealAZsos


Statement from Secretary of State Bennett re: federal court's rejection of MALDEF request

"MALDEF's request constituted a danger to the security of Arizona's election process.

"So, I'm pleased that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today sided with us in rejecting MALDEF's emergency motion asking that Arizona count the ballots of individuals who were unwilling or unable to prove their citizenship when registering to vote. The federal court wisely recognized that this proposal would have held up the vote-counting process, almost certainly delaying the certification of last week's General Election.

"While I'm encouraged by today's decision, it's important to keep in mind the larger legal issue involving Arizona's right to determine that individuals registering to vote in this state are U.S. citizens. I remain committed to our appeal of the 9th Circuit Court ruling from last month that struck down this state's common sense requirement that individuals prove their citizenship when registering to vote.

"Reversal of that decision is paramount to safeguarding the integrity of Arizona elections for Arizona voters."


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