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Ruling on law requiring proof of citizenship at polls to be reconsidered by 9th Circuit

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.

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