Proof of Citizenship to Vote: Federal Judge Rules in States’ Favor

Don’t you think a voter should be a citizen of the United States?

One would think that the very basic requirement for voting in an election is to be a member of the body or group that is holding the election. You cannot vote for leadership in your church unless you are a member of that congregation. You cannot vote to elect officials in your labor union unless you are a card-carrying member of that union. Then shouldn’t you be required to be a citizen of the United States to vote in its elections? The answer is not quite as simple as it may sound.

Believe it or not, it is not easy to determine just who is eligible to vote in government elections. Voter qualifications are not included in the Constitution, since the responsibility for the conduct of elections is left to the individual states.

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In my home state of Tennessee, as an example, in order to vote you are required to be a citizen of the United States,18 years of age or older on or before the date of the next election, and a resident of the State. The office of the Secretary of State even publishes a Guideline for Determining Residency. State voting requirements are then similarly applied to federal elections.

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But in order to participate in an election of public officials, you must be “registered” to vote. And there the citizenship requirement gets a bit fuzzy.

In the sweep of public sentiment that surrounded the civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties, came the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Its purpose was to make the voting process as easy as possible. As a result, voter registration can now be accomplished in person at any of the following locations:

  • County Clerk’s Offices
  • County Election Commission Offices
  • Public Libraries
  • Register of Deeds Offices

Then came theĀ National Voter Registration Act of 1993 , also known as the “Motor Voter Act,” making registration possible, even encouraged, during a transaction with any of the following offices:

  • Department of Health (WIC program)
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Such applications are then “mailed in” to the appropriate Election Commission office for filing, with no verification of the accuracy of the information being provided. In fact, the Motor Voter Act specifically makes it unlawful for a Social Services employee or a Department of Transportation employee to challenge the identity of, or the information provided by, the voter registration applicant. Thus, in the years since its enactment the Motor Voter Act has become the single largest source of election fraud.

Tennessee is one of only seven states that at least require photo IDs at polling booths. This matches the identity of the person voting with the registration record, but still but does not verify that the person so identified is a U. S. citizen.

Last July 18th, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), et al., submitted Senate Bill S.1336 to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Act) to permit all States to require proof of citizenship for registration and to vote in elections for Federal office. However, in keeping with overwhelming Democrat sentiment against requiring voter citizenship, or even identification, Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has not yet even brought the bill up for consideration.

However, now armed with a favorable opinion from U. S. District Court Judge Eric Melgren in a March 19th ruling, the states of Kansas and Arizona are now requiring proof of citizenship in order to vote in state and federal elections.

“This is victory not only for Kansas and Arizona, but for all 50 states,” Kansas Secretary of State Kobach told “Any one of those 50 states may now choose to follow our example and require proofs of citizenship when people register to vote. Alabama and Georgia are doing it already, and I would encourage more states to do so because any time an alien votes, it effectively cancels out the vote of a U.S. citizen.”

By means of this article, I am publicly calling upon you to contact your State Representative and your State Senator to submit similar bills into their respective houses of Legislature.

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