Prof. Levinson quoted among several news sources on Supreme Court decisions

Associate Clinical Professor Jessica Levinson gave commentary on several of the Supreme Court decisions to news sources, including an op-ed on Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council published by Jurist.

Excerpt from her op-ed published on Jurist, "Did Justice Scalia Make it Easier to Vote?":

"To answer the question in the title: not so much.

 Monday came and went without a "blockbuster" decision by the US Supreme Court. However, the Court did hand down one important, and likely to be overlooked, decision regarding a hotly debated topic: proving of citizenship for purposes of registering to vote.

In Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona [PDF], Justice Scalia, writing for a 7-2 majority of the Court, found that federal law preempted Arizona's voter registration requirements. This sounds like a victory of voting rights activists, but let's delve deeper.

In 1993 Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NRVA requires that when States register voters for federal elections they "accept and use" a federal form. With respect to proof of citizenship, the so-called "Federal Form" requires that would-be voters profess that they are citizens. This claim is made under penalty of perjury.

The NVRA provides that states must allow voters to register to vote for Federal candidates with a driver's license application, in person, or by mail. The third method, registering to vote by mail, is at issue in this case. But Arizona law requires more. The state passed a law, via the initiative process, requiring that applicants must present documentary evidence of citizenship. If applicants do not, then state officials must reject the voter registration application."

Quoted from KABC in DOMA and Prop. 8 decisions story, "Same-sex Marriage: Supreme Court to Reveal Rulings"

Quoted in KPBS story on Voting Rights Act, "Three California Counties Affected by Voting Rights Act Decision"