Miller on Proof of Citizenship Ruling

Jun 17, 2013

Chairman of House Administration Says SCOTUS Ruling Demonstrates How Federal Mandates Can Paralyze States’ Ability to Protect the Integrity of Elections; Says Outdated Law Requires States to Rely on Obsolete, Unresponsive Election Agency

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision requiring Arizona to obtain assistance from the obsolete Election Assistance Commission (EAC) before implementing a proof of citizenship requirement for individuals registering to vote:

“As former Michigan Secretary of State, I am intimately familiar with the herculean task of maintaining public confidence in the accuracy of our election results.  I’m also very familiar with the paralyzing effects federal intervention has on states’ ability to customize election procedures to meet the unique needs of their voters.

"Unfortunately, today’s decision highlights bureaucratic government overreach, and Arizona is the victim.  Instead of allowing Arizona to implement the procedures its election officials believe are necessary to preserve the accuracy of their election results, the state must rely on a so-called federal assistance commission that failed to act on Arizona’s request years ago. I will continue to work with my colleagues to update the National Voter Registration Act to better assist states and finally eliminate the EAC which has been without commissioners since 2011.”

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