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Kansas and Arizona won an important victory in court the other day.  In Kobach v. The United States Election Assistance Commission, a federal judge ruled that a state was constitutionally permitted to require voters to produce proof of citizenship before being allowed to vote in federal elections.  Going forward, birth certificates, passports, or other citizenship-related IDs could be demanded in congressional or presidential elections.  The ruling obviously is an invitation for other states to follow suit, making it more difficult for many otherwise eligible voters to cast a ballot in this year’s midterm elections.

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Jerry H. Goldfeder

Jerry H. Goldfeder practices election and political law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York City. He teaches "Election Law and the Presidency" at Fordham Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is the author of Goldfeder's Modern Election Law (N.Y.Legal Publishing Corp.). He is a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal ("Government and Election Law") and was a script advisor for CNN's mini-series Race for the White House. He currently serves on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's National Finance Committee.

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