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AZ to trim voting if citizenship proof lacking

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Arizona plans to implement a dual-track voting system allowing people who register to vote without submitting proof of citizenship to cast ballots only for federal offices such as Congress, but not for state or local seats.

A spokesman for Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he will implement the system recommended under an opinion issued Monday by state Attorney General Tom Horne.

[Click here to read the full opinion (PDF)]

The vast majority of Arizonans register to vote using a state form that requires proof of citizenship that is required under a 2004 voter-approved law.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Arizona and other states are required to accept a federal voter registration form.

[Click here to read the lawsuit (PDF)]

The Court stated that "Arizona is correct that it would raise serious constitutional doubts if a federal statute precluded a state from obtaining the information necessary to enforce its voter qualifications."

The Supreme Court stated that Arizona could apply to the Elections Assistance Commission for a state-specific requirement that potential registrants, using the federal as well as the state form, furnish evidence of citizenship.

If the EAC did not grant the state's specific requirements, Arizona could pursue the constitutional issues in court. Arizona, as instructed by the U.S. Supreme Court, is now pursuing those constitutional issues in court.

The federal form requires registrants to say they're citizens, but it doesn't require that they submit proof.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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