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Voting, and registering to vote, shouldn’t be overly burdensome.
But it should require some amount of accountability. Apparently the federal government, and now the U.S. Supreme Court, disagree.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can’t require those registering to vote to prove they are US citizens, when using the federal “Motor Voter” registration process. On a 7-2 opinion, the justices threw out an Arizona law that required those registering prove their US citizenship.
Of course they did; this is the same set of justices that upheld the un-Constitutional ObamaCare legislation last summer.
Where has simple reason gone?
“Today’s decision sends a strong message that states cannot block their citizens from registering to vote by superimposing burdensome paperwork requirements on top of federal law,” an Associated Press story quoted Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and lead counsel for the voters who challenged Proposition 200, as saying. “The Supreme Court has affirmed that all U.S. citizens have the right to register to vote using the national postcard, regardless of the state in which they live.”
Yes, all US citizens should have a right to register to vote; but requiring them to prove their citizenship, that seems like a no-brainer.
Is it really such a bad policy to make sure somebody’s actually a US citizen before allowing them to vote in a US election?
Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito didn’t think so; they cast the lone dissenting votes in the Court’s opinion.
The Constitution “authorizes states to determine the qualifications of voters in federal elections, which necessarily includes the related power to determine whether those qualifications are satisfied,” Thomas said in his dissent, the AP reported.
Arizona is not the only state this will affect. Other states have, or were considering, similar laws.
What’s really amusing are the incessant claims about how such requirements—any ID requirements to actually cast a vote are also decried as discriminatory—hurt “vulnerable” voter groups. It’s just not true.
This is not about voter suppression; it’s about voter protection.
Every US citizen’s vote should count. But this ruling opens the door for additional voter fraud, making it easier for noncitizens to fraudulently register to vote.
What’s really amusing is that the Election Assistance Commission, designed to handle such requests from states for amendments to the federal requirements, doesn’t even have any commissioners currently serving. The President is supposed to nominate them; the Senate confirms them. The last two commissioners left two years ago.
That about sums it up.
No one is manning the books; and apparently that’s just the way the President wants it.