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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling on Arizona's voting rights with the justices saying Arizona state law can't supercede federal voting regulations.

It's a battle many have been fighting in Arizona for nearly 10 years and Monday they got the victory they wanted.

In a 7-2 majority vote, the U.S. Supreme Court said Arizona could not take what they called "sensible precaution" to prevent voter fraud. Arizona wanted someone registering to vote to fill out another state form to prove citizenship. According to those supporting the Supreme Court's decision, more than 35,000 Arizonans have been turned away from voting because of this provision.

Now the Supreme Court said Arizona cannot do this. However they did rule that if a state knows the person is not a citizen, they can prevent them from registering.

Supporters of the decision are calling this not only a victory but an eye opener for lawmakers.

The group plans on petitioning the secretary of state's office to register the more than 35,000 people who have been denied the right to vote. Both Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Attorney General Tom Horne will be speaking out on the Supreme Court's decision.

Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.

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