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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: proof of citizenship

Type: Brief


Requirements that voters show official proof of citizenship will disenfranchise many eligible citizens. Official citizenship documents are expensive and time-consuming to obtain. Proof of citizenship requirements are an invitation to discrimination. Blocking eligible voters who cannot show documentation violates the Constitution and federal law. Proof of citizenship requirements do not address any serious or widespread problem. States should not implement burdensome proof of citizenship requirements.