Here is Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's rebuttal argument to the U.S. Supreme Court this morning in the Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona oral arguments. He was able to get in this "closing statement" uninterrupted by the nine Justices - which is somewhat unusual in these arguments and unlike the preceding 55-odd minutes of today's arguments.
The basic issue in this case is whether Arizona's law requiring people to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote - for national and local elections - is permitted when the federal law simply requires the registering person to affirm that they are a citizen eligible to vote. Horne says that the legislative history in Congress' debates of the NVRA and HAVA does not prohibit Arizona from requiring additional "information".
(The transcript below is from the U.S. Supreme Court, and contains some apparent, minor errors.)
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