The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an inlocutory injuntion on the use of ID standards mandated by 2004’s Prop 200 in the 2006 general election and for voter registration until close of registration on Oct. 7th. The stay is temporary until the substantive question of the appeal, whether Prop 200 violates federal election laws, is decided on the merits.
Predictably, the anti-immigrationists and right wingers (whose leaders freely admit that their electoral chances depend on certain kinds of people not voting) are up in arms, and ready to take a scapel to the 9th Circuit. Voter’s rights advocates are delighted that our official suppressor of the vote, Secretary of State Jan Brewer, won’t be able to disenfranchise Arizona voters this election – at least not on Prop 200 grounds.
Amazingly, Brewer says that the state had no problems with implementing Prop 200 in previous elections. I suppose she’s right; her sustained efforts to disenfranchise voters went very well indeed. Prop 200 worked exactly as intended.
"The fact is we very successfully implemented identification at the
polls during September’s Primary Election without a hitch,” Brewer
said. "Given our recent success of ID at the polls, the timing of this
decision could not be worse.”
The reporter might have been confused by the shine reflecting off Brewer’s fangs. Perhaps what she really said was, "… we very sucessfully implemented our plan to disenfranchise likely Democratic voters at the polls during September’s Primary Election without a hitch…" The reporter only half heard, due to the hissing and snapping as Brewer spoke, "the timing of this decision could not be worse… for my plan to disenfranchise everyone but registered white Republicans."
Brewer went on to say, "I’m very concerned that two judges in San Francisco would overturn the will of a million voters." She might have been heard to say, had her blood-frenzied panting not been so loud, "even if ‘the people’s will’ violates federal election law and prevents citizens from excersing their right to democratic franchise."
The good news for both sides of the debate is that now all those Mexican aliens will have free and unfettered access to the voting booths in Arizona. This will satisfy those who want Mexicans to vote, so that they can finally pass that Initiative giving the southwest back to Mexico, and those who believe so fervently that Mexicans really are voting fraudulently, so they can finally get their hands on any shred of evidence it is occuring.