In April, the U.S. Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a portion of Arizona’s voter-approved voter-ID law, intended to keep non-citizens from voting. Because of that ruling, Arizona was supposed to stop enforcing the law. But a new order by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy permits the law to go into effect — for the time being. Kennedy’s order comes in response to Arizona Solictor General David Cole’s motion on Wednesday that sought a stay to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.
Though the Ninth had upheld a provision that required people to show ID when voting, the appeals court also denied Arizona the ability to reject federal registration forms based on the failure to show proof of citizenship. That ruling was hailed as a victory by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, (a.k.a. MALDEF), which is challenging 2004’s Proposition 200 on the basis that it prevents some people — especially naturalized immigrants — from voting.