The Afroyim decision established that U.S. citizenship may not be revoked involuntarily for actions such as voting in a foreign country.
Beys Afroyim, a naturalized citizen from Poland, moved to Israel and voted in an Israeli election in 1951. When he attempted to renew his U.S. passport in 1960, the U.S. State Department refused his request, based on the Nationality Act of 1940, which stipulated that voting in a foreign election would result in a loss of citizenship. In an earlier decision,
By a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court agreed with Afroyim’s contention. Writing for the majority,
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Fedorenko v. United States
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