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America Disenfranchised: Non-citizens Vote

Friday, 01 February 2002 12:00 AM

The Motor-Voter law requires that states permit anyone who gets a driver’s license to register to vote at the same time. Usually, applicants who register to vote are asked to affirm, without documentation, that they are citizens.

Forty-seven states do not require any proof of U.S. residence for enrollment. Motor-Voter has added and continues to add millions of people to the voting rolls.

Critics of Motor-Voter, such as the watchdog organization The United States Border Patrol, point out that when the Sept. 11 hijackers bought their one-way tickets to California, they identified themselves with driver's licenses from New Jersey, Michigan, Virginia and Florida – documents that could have gotten them voting privileges in the very nation they sought to destroy.

Among other things, under the Bond bill there would be:

During the 106th Congress, Rep. Bob Stump, R-Ariz., introduced legislation to repeal the Motor-Voter law outright as the best way to discourage the registration and subsequent voting of non-citizens.

In 1996 Congress enacted the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, making voting by non-citizens an offense punishable by deportation. However, Congress failed to provide a mechanism by which state and local election officials could check on citizenship, ensuring enforcement.

Subsequently, Rep. Steve Horn, R-Calif., pushed the Voter Eligibility Verification Act, which would have given voter registrars the ability to eliminate non-citizen voting. Under parliamentary rules, however, the bill was bought to the floor under circumstances requiring a two-thirds majority to pass. It failed.

The issue of Motor-Voter facilitating non-citizen voting came to a head in the historic and highly contested Election 2000.

"Did non-citizens, voting last November, influence the outcome of [Election 2000]?” asked Edward Nelson of United States Border Control. "With hundreds of thousands of non-citizens, including illegal aliens, voting throughout the country, there is no question about it.

"The election or defeat of candidates for Congress, the U.S. Senate, governors, mayors, city councilmen, and, yes, even the president of the United States was influenced dramatically by non-citizens voting illegally in U.S. elections!”

According to Nelson, Motor-Voter forced states with previously strict voter-eligibility requirements, such as Florida and Missouri, to accept anyone’s word that they were eligible to vote.

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