A federal appeals court will reconsider a ruling that struck down an Arizona law requiring people registering to vote to prove their citizenship.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ order Wednesday means a larger panel of judges will reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling last October.
The October ruling said Arizona’s proof of citizenship requirement conflicts with a federal law. The federal law allows voters to submit a mail-in voter registration card and swear they are citizens under penalty of perjury.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he’s encouraged by Wednesday’s order.
The ruling left in place a requirement that voters provide proof of identity when casting ballots. That requirement and the one for proof of citizenship were parts of a 2004 ballot measure known as Proposition 200.