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Biden OPPOSES bill requiring proof of citizenship for voting

Published in Blog on July 09, 2024 by Jakob Fay

Days before an expected vote on the crucial bill, President Joe Biden officially denounced H.R. 8281, the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act, a commonsense measure compelling states to require proof of citizenship for voters to participate in U.S. elections.

“The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 8281, the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act,” the White House announced. “This bill would do nothing to safeguard our elections, but it would make it much harder for all eligible Americans to register to vote and increase the risk that eligible voters are purged from voter rolls. The evidence is clear that the current laws to prevent noncitizen voting are working as intended—it is extraordinarily rare for noncitizens to break the law by voting in Federal elections.”

Although non-citizens are already prohibited from voting, proponents of the bill argue that the current national enforcement mechanisms for this federal law are not sufficiently strong. Anyone, they say, who believes that only American citizens should be permitted to vote in our elections should support this bill.

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“It is true,” publicized the think tank advocacy group Heritage Action, “that every state already requires an individual to be a citizen to register and vote in state and federal elections. It is a felony to falsely claim to be a citizen for any purpose, including to register to vote or to actually vote. It’s also a federal misdemeanor violation for an alien to vote, regardless of whether he or she falsely claimed to be a citizen. However, there is no universal requirement for states to obtain proof of citizenship to enforce that prerequisite. In fact, interpretation of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) has been exploited to actually prevent states from requiring proof of citizenship. In short, laws dictating that all voters be U.S. citizens are essentially meaningless without a corresponding statute requiring states to prove citizenship. The SAVE Act corrects this gap in the law” [emphasis added].

Coupled with the ongoing immigration crisis on our southern border, this glaring lack of election security has led to concerns about the overall trustworthiness of our elections. According to Congressman Chip Roy, who sponsored the bill, radical politicians are “using open border policies while also attacking election integrity laws to fundamentally remake America.”

SEE ALSO: Chip Roy calls for Article V convention on Daily Wire podcast

“Secure elections are a key cornerstone for any representative government,” Roy said, “without them, we won’t have a country.”

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson agreed: “As we approach the 2024 elections, the American people must have absolute certainty in the integrity of our election system. This bill would fortify federal elections by ensuring that only American citizens vote in American elections.”

Efforts to ensure that non-citizens are barred from voting are widely regarded as common sense and enjoy broad grassroots support. On Monday, Convention of States, the nation’s foremost Article V organization, launched an initiative urging its grassroots advocates to contact their representatives and encourage them to support H.R. 8281.

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