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Dershowitz Weighs in on Gay Marriage, Early Voting

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 11:26 AM

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz weighed in Wednesday on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum” about constitutional law questions abuzz in the news.

He called reports of the Mexican consulate sending a mobile unit to assist with voter registration “ridiculous.”

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“Americans vote in American elections,” he said. “Mexicans should not try to influence American elections. Americans should not try to influence Mexican elections. We have enough on our plate to keep us busy with each voter voting in his own election. It's absurd and it shouldn't be permitted.

“It's perfectly OK to try to get unregistered voters to register and to vote, but not from a foreign country. Absolutely not,” he said. “We have laws against that, we have laws prohibiting contributions from foreign countries and it would be perfectly legitimate to have a law saying that representatives of foreign countries shouldn't be in the process of registering people to vote.”

Dershowitz also offered his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of an Ohio law restricting early voting, something Attorney General Eric Holder has said is a step backward.

“It's a hard question. It's hard to know whether we're better off with lots and lots of early voting, which really negates much of the campaigning, or we're better off keeping it the way it was traditionally, that you vote on Election Day,” he said. “I don't see it so much as a point of principle, I see it as a point of pragmatism. You want to get the most people out to the polls to vote. On the other hand, Election Day as Election Day has some virtue.”

And the high court’s decision not to consider gay marriage is “the most interesting decision the Supreme Court has made in long time, the decision not to decide,” he said.

“First of all, all you need is four votes to get certiorari. So it means that the four justices who would vote against gay marriage did not vote to grant review in this case, at least one of them didn't vote to grant review, because they know that Justice Kennedy would vote in their favor,” he said. “So both sides, the majority who would vote now in favor of gay marriage and the minority that would vote against it, realize that they're both better off kicking the can down the road and postponing this thing.”

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Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz weighed in Wednesday on "America's Forum" about constitutional law questions abuzz in the news, from reports of the Mexican consulate's voter registration drive to same-sex marriage.
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