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Group seeks ballot processing after court ruling

A civil rights group asked an appeals court to require Arizona counties to process provisional ballots from voters with unconfirmed citizenship status.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 26 struck down provisions in Proposition 200 requiring proof of citizenship for registering to vote.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund says at least two legal citizens in Tucson had to cast provisional ballots Tuesday because they weren’t on the eligible-voter list.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett says the group’s request aims to apply the ruling retroactively.

Bennett says the request could slow ballot counting if workers had to determine which voters didn’t make the voter roll because they couldn’t prove citizenship.

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