The following statement would seem to be a no-brainer: people who vote in national elections must be U.S. citizens.
Yet we see bizarre headlines such as this from the Associated Press today: Must voters have to prove citizenship to register?
You might as well ask: “Must drivers have to open their eyes to drive”? It is the biggest ‘duh’ imaginable.
Unless of course, you have a vested interest in enabling and expanding voter fraud in the United States. And so we have the U.S. Supreme Court today hearing arguments in Arizona vs. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.
What is this case about? In a nutshell, the state of Arizona is once again standing up for the rule of law, and being taken on by the entire left-wing establishment, plus the Obama DOJ.
In 2004, Arizona passed Proposition 200, which among other things (such as denying welfare to illegal aliens), required all voters to provide evidence of citizenship before registering to vote or casting a ballot.
As a response, the plaintiff, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona – backed by the illegal alien advocacy group Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, among others - sued the state, arguing that Proposition 200 was inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) – Bill Clinton’s infamous “Motor Voter Law” – which requires states to “accept and use” a voter registration form created by the Electoral Assistance Commission (EAC). The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco – the most liberal in the nation – struck down Arizona’s citizenship requirement. The Supreme Court granted review of the case on October 15th, 2012. And so here we are.
Above: Obama showing Voter ID before early voting in Chicago
Was that so hard? No? So why did you sue 8 states to try and ban it?’
So what is this “voter registration form” that the Motor Voter law established? Quite simply: an invitation to voter fraud. It does not require any proof whatsoever that the individual registering to vote is a U.S. citizen. It merely asks them to “affirm” that they are. That’s it…the “honor system”!
To make things worse the Motor Voter Law requires local welfare offices, social service agencies and motor vehicle departments to offer voter registration forms to everyone who comes in, no questions asked. ACORN-like groups have long practiced signing up new “voters” at places where illegal aliens congregate.
Columnist and radio host Roger Hedgecock detailed his experiences canvassing in Orange County, CA in 201, and discovering potentially massive voter fraud by illegal aliens:
I walked door-to-door in 2010 canvassing for Republican congressional candidate Van Tran in the Anaheim, Calif.,-area district now represented by Democrat Loretta Sanchez. Our team ran across people who were listed as registered voters in rolls obtained from the county registrar who openly admitted they were illegal and stated they could not vote and had never voted.
In California, the voter registration card requires a check in the box stating you are a citizen of the U.S. The box is always checked and nobody ever questions it.
Does the illegal alien actually vote? Apparently not. Another box on the registration form requests a permanent mail-in ballot be sent to the “voter.” The mailing address is different from the “voter’s” residence address, meaning that the the illegal alien “voter” never receives a ballot and never votes. The mail-in ballots are sent to another location and someone else votes and mails back the ballot for the new “voter.”
Random checks of these mailing addresses show the same addresses over and over. This is election fraud on an organized level. It’s going on now in every state.
But the Motor Voter law prohibits non-citizens from registering to vote, right? Yep…a FELONY. But as we’ve learned from Obama and his DOJ on immigration laws: a law means nothing if it is not enforced. And the Federal government has shown no interest in enforcing the Motor Voter law fraud provisions.
For example, in 1997, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Dallas were investigating voting by non-citizens. They sent a computerized tape of the names of individuals who had voted to the INS requesting a check against INS records, but the INS refused to cooperate with the criminal investigation. An INS official was quoted as saying that the INS bureaucracy did not “want to open a Pandora’s Box…. If word got out that this is a substantial problem, it could tie up all sorts of manpower. There might be a few thousand [illegal voters] in Dallas, for example, but there could be tens of thousands in places like New York, Chicago or Miami.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Read The Threat of Non-Citizen Voting, by Hans A. von Spakovsky, for shocking examples of Federal non-enforcement of suspected illegal alien voter fraud.
And Arizona wants no part of it. So in 2004 voters overrode the fraud-friendly Motor Voter registration form, and required what the Feds themselves should have required: that indivisuals present proof of citizenship a driver’s license, a birth certificate, a passport, naturalization documents, or any other documents accepted by the federal government to prove citizenship for employment purposes.
It was immediately opposed by the ACLU, ACORN, MALDEF and Democrat party officials from coast-to-coast. And after Arizona won in Federal court in 2009, but then had the law struck down by the ultra-liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it is now up to the Supreme Court to set the record straight, and – we hope – upholds Proposition 200 and strikes down the disgraceful voter fraud machine knows as “Motor Voter”.
P.S. As an added irony to the case: a chief plaintiff is MALDEF: the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, which has called the Arizona law “discriminatory” and “racist”. Yet Mexico itself requires a national voter ID card to vote. And citizens must present a birth certificate, another form of photo identification and a recent utility bill, or no dice. So why is it only “racist” when Arizona wants the same as does Mexico?
Above: The Mexican national voter ID card, which requires proof if citizenship to obtain.
“Racist” in Arizona, says MALDEF. In Mexico? Not so much.