Arizona's voter ID law upheldPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A federal judge has upheld a state law that requires Arizona voters to provide proof of citizenship when they register and show ID at the polls.
Latino and Native America advocacy groups had argued hat the law is essentially a poll tax and disproportionately affected minority voters.
U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver disagreed with those claims and cited the state's interest in curbing voter fraud.
While some groups opposed the voter ID law, others have called for stronger enforcement.
The law in question was approved by voters in the 2004 general election. The passage of Proposition 200 spawned several lawsuits challenging the requirements it mandated.
According to the law, voters have to present specific forms of identification when they go to the polls to cast their voters. In addition, they must provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The proof is required for both first-time voters and voters who are registering in a different county.
Last August, Silver dismissed several elements of the challenge to the law, but allowed other key elements to go to trial.
A six-day trial wrapped up on July 18. Silver took the case under advisement after that.
The groups behind the challenges had hoped to have the registration and identification requirements overturned in time for this fall's elections.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.