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house Bill H.R. 2392

Requiring People to Certify and Prove Their Eligibility When Registering to Vote

Argument in favor

State elections officials have a responsibility to ensure that only eligible voters participate in federal elections. This bill empowers them to verify an applicant’s eligibility without imposing an undue burden on voters attempting to register.

Casey's Opinion
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03/02/2016
I defiantly agree. Voting at any level should require proof that you are a citizen. Voting is a right that belongs to citizens.
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Eileen's Opinion
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03/02/2016
Everyone should verify they are eligible but should receive free easy access identification necessary to prove their identity
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Stephen's Opinion
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03/02/2016
Are you kidding me? Of course we have to verify eligibility to vote. This is getting insane.
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There are no solid stats to prove that ineligible voters casting ballots in federal elections is a problem that needs to be addressed at all — but this bill puts an undue burden on states and people registering to vote when states already verify eligibility.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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03/03/2016
"In America, we should be celebrating our democracy and doing everything possible to make it easier for people to participate in the political process. Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy." [sanders.senate.gov]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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03/03/2016
"The job of our democracy is to make it easier, not make it harder for our citizens to be able to vote." [upi.com]
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Eric's Opinion
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03/02/2016
The voting process should be free of hinderance and encourage more participation, not less.
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      Committee on Administration
      Social Security
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 18th, 2015
    I defiantly agree. Voting at any level should require proof that you are a citizen. Voting is a right that belongs to citizens.
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    "In America, we should be celebrating our democracy and doing everything possible to make it easier for people to participate in the political process. Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy." [sanders.senate.gov]
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    "The job of our democracy is to make it easier, not make it harder for our citizens to be able to vote." [upi.com]
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    Everyone should verify they are eligible but should receive free easy access identification necessary to prove their identity
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    Are you kidding me? Of course we have to verify eligibility to vote. This is getting insane.
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    The voting process should be free of hinderance and encourage more participation, not less.
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    This is common sense, and anyone that doesn't agree with this is clearly not concerned with the integrity of an election.
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    In other words, a GOP bill looking to formalize the requirement for IDs etc nationwide to vote. Even though there has been no data to support that voter fraud is a large problem. They just want to make it as difficult as possible for minorities and the poor to vote. Mainly because when those people vote, Democrats win. So in normal GOP strategy, rather than fix their issues by representing every day Americans, they would rather make it harder for people to exercise their rights. Several courts have already struck down similar voter ID laws and this is no different.
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    Why are we spending time and energy creating unnecessary laws? There is almost no voter fraud, and we rarely have 50% of registered voters showing up to the polls. Fraud usually involves money, and last time I checked no one gave me money to vote. The days of Tammany Hall are long dead.
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    Have to have ID to buy cigarettes. Case made. As an infant you have to have SSN. So yes, proof of citizenship must be provided, not a Driver's License since they are not proof of citizenship, just ones ability to drive. And high school/college students can buy a good fake from local crooks. If these people are caught by the Registrars, the must be prosecuted with 5 years in jail and a $50,000 fine. Then deported to their country of origin. Subversion shall not be permitted.
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    It is imperative that only legal and authorized citizens of the US be permitted to register to vote. An illegal alien is NOT permitted to register to vote in local, state, or federal elections for anything. Further, tho a convicted felon may also be a legal US citizen, their state law dictates whether or not they are permitted to register to vote.
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    Voters fraud needs to be plugged. In the state of California the DMV purposely left out in the software a no database to do a search to fact check if one is citizen or illegal. Remember BHO telling illegals to vote you won't get in trouble. This is just one of the democrats dirty little cheaters secrets. California does issue illegals access to drivers license. Is this soaking in, the whole state with all its counties are controlled by the democrats. I support those counties that have successfully been given permission to succeed from California. Those counties feel the political officials are not representing their constitutional beliefs. Congress embrace Jefferson as USA 51 state.
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    Stop fraud. No amount of hardship outweighs a fraudulently elected person serving
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    You should have to show an ID to identify yourself. A state ID is free to get, even if it's not a drivers license, that way you are proving that you are a citizen and have the right to vote.
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    Making it harder to vote is what this bill will do, there is no voter fraud
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    Only eligible voters should be able to participate in elections. Allowing ineligible people to vote only undermines the will of American citizens. Not to mention that the support of certain ineligible demographics would give certain groups a political advantage.
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    Even though there is little voting fraud, we should work to reduce the minimal amount we have.
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    Being able to prove who you are should not be difficult in this country. To get a job you must be able to complete a INS form showing you are a citizen of the United States. To collect social security or medicaid you must be able to prove who you are. In short, everyone here legally over the age of 18, should be able to show they are eligible to vote. This simple requirement is by no means a hinderance to anyone eligible to vote.
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    I believe this bill is justified and a good step to make it easier to prosecute voter fraud. My local representative is the creator of this bill, and I must say that this bill is a "common sense" bill. When registering to vote, you should have to confirm that you are 18 or over and an United States citizen. I'm not sure what is wrong with adding this check in the voter registration process, as it will make it easier to prosecute someone for voter fraud. However, I wish we could make the voting registration process a lot more accessible in this country. I remember getting my draft forms when I turned 18, so why can't we also mail voting registration forms along with the draft forms to possibly increase voter turnout? I have no problem with this bill, however, I do have a problem with how our current system of voter registration is clunky and promotes people to not vote.
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    "Whether it's granting unqualified birthright citizenship, preventing states from asking for identification before granting citizenship to children born here, counting illegals in the census, resettling refugees without the consent of local communities, allowing non-citizens to vote, tolerating fraud in the naturalization process or refusing to deport criminal aliens, the citizens of this country have been disenfranchised time and time again." -- Daniel Horowitz, senior editor at Conservative Review and author of the book "Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges From Transforming America" This short title of this bill: "Restoring Important Voter Eligibility Requirements to States Act of 2014" The text can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr2392/BILLS-114hr2392ih.pdf The OFFICIAL title says in part: To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require an applicant for voter registration for elections for Federal office to affirmatively state that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements for voting in such elections.... Here are the main parts that interest me: SEC. 2. FINDINGS; PURPOSE. . . . . (2) While the purposes of such Act (52 U.S.C. 20501(b)) include increasing voter registration and voter participation in elections for Federal office, the language does not refer to individuals in general but refers exclusively to ‘‘eligible citizens of the United States’’. . . . . (4) Individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements for voting in elections for Federal office, including individuals who are not citizens of the United States, have been permitted to register to vote in such elections and are presumably casting ballots in such elections. . . . . Sec. 4. VERIFICATION OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY APPLICANTS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION. ‘‘(1) VERIFICATION REQUIRED.—A State may not register an individual to vote in elections for Federal office in the State, including an individual who submits the mail voter registration application form prescribed by the Election Assistance Commission pursuant to section 9(a)(2), unless the State verifies that the information provided by the individual in the individual’s application for voter registration is correct. ‘‘(2) METHODS OF VERIFICATION.—For pur- poses of paragraph (1), a State may verify the information provided by an applicant for voter registration through such methods as the State considers appropriate, including requiring the applicant to provide (at the time of submitting a voter registration application with an application for a motor vehicle driver’s license under section 5 or at the time of submitting any other application form under this Act) documentary evidence that the applicant meets the eligibility requirements for voting in elections for Federal office in the State, including the requirement that the applicant is a United States citizen.’’ (b) REQUIRING FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Section 9 of the National Voter Registration Act (52 U.S.C. 20508) is amended by adding at the end the following new sub-section: ‘‘(c) ASSISTING ELECTION OFFICIALS WITH VERIFICATION OF APPLICANT INFORMATION.— ‘‘(1) REQUIRING AGREEMENTS UPON RE- QUEST.—At the request of the chief State election official, the head of an office of the Federal government shall enter into an agreement with the official for the purpose of enabling the official to verify information regardingthe eligibility of an applicant for voter registration in the State to vote in elections for Federal office in the State. . . . . (2) CLARIFICATION OF INFORMATION PRO- VIDED BY COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY UNDER EXISTING AUTHORITY.—Section 205(r)(8)(D)(i)(I) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 405(r)(8)(D)(i)(I)) is amended by striking ‘‘the date of birth’’ and inserting ‘‘the location and date of birth’’. NOW HERE IS ONE PART THAT BOTHERS ME: SEC. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE. The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to elections occurring after the expiration of the 1-year period which begins on the date of the enactment of this Act. SO HOW IS THIS GOING TO HELP PREVENT VOTER FRAUD IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION??! EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS THE ISSUE OF CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AS ILLUSTRATED BY THIS REPORT: Illegal Foreign Voting in Virginia Covered Up by Soros-Backed Democratic Officials, Says Report ************************************************** • Edgardo Cortés, the commissioner of the commonwealth’s department of elections, before his appointment by Democratic Gov. Terence McAuliffe, was a left-wing operative of Virginia Voting Rights Restoration Campaign, within the left-wing Advancement Project. The project was funded and supported by George Soros, through his Tides Foundation and Open Society Foundations. • One of the top priorities of the Soros’ Advancement Project is to stop the use of the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements database, also known as the SAVE database, to purge voter lists. • J. Christian Adams, a former Department of Justice civil rights lawyer, who is the author of the book Injustice: Exposing the racial agenda of the Obama Justice Department, told Breitbart News that Virginia state officials have willfully ignored the evidence of large-scale voter fraud. • Adams told Breitbart News, the abuses and cover up in Virginia is just the tip of the iceberg, not only in Virginia, but across the country. • “When an alien registers to vote, it is a felony,” Adams said. “When an alien votes, it is multiple felonies. DOJ under Obama has stopped enforcing this law. We name the names of the registered voters removed from the rolls for citizenship problems. Will DOJ prosecute any of them?” • The report, an extensive new study titled “Alien Invasion in Virginia,” describes violations of state and federal laws that have yet to be addressed by state and federal law enforcement. • The federal 1993 National Voter Registration Act, known by its “Motor Voter” moniker, compelled states to register as a voter anyone who presents a driver’s license and checks a box attesting that they are an American citizen. The law does not require any other evidence. ************************************************** by Neil W. McCabe, 2 Oct 2016, Washington Virginia’s election officials are enabling illegal registration and voting by foreign citizens, according to an extensive new study, titled “Alien Invasion in Virginia,” by a former Department of Justice civil rights lawyer. “Virginia election officials don’t seem to care that thousands of [foreign] aliens have corrupted their voter rolls,” by illegally registering to vote, said J. Christian Adams, the former Department of Justice lawyer, and now the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. “Even worse than doing nothing about it, they are trying to cover it up,” he told Breitbart News. https://publicinterestlegal.org/about-us/team/ Even small amounts of illegal voting can make a decisive difference — Democratic Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring defeated Republican Mark Obenshain in 2013 by a mere 165 votes out of 2.2 million votes cast. But “in the eight [out of 130-plus] jurisdictions that provided us with lists of aliens recently removed from their voter rolls, we discovered that 31 non-citizens had cast a total of 186 votes between 2005 and 2015,” said the report, given first to Breitbart News. “This is just a fraction of the aliens caught in just eight counties in a state with over 130 counties,” Adams said. “Even with such a small sample, the number of aliens who got on the voter rolls is staggering. The aliens are casting ballots in a state where elections have been decided by a few hundred votes.” The new report is a partnership of the Virginia Voters Alliance and the Public Interest Legal Foundation, and it details how at least 1,046 non-citizens were allowed to vote based on official voting records, he said. http://www.virginiavotersalliance.org/block-noncitizen-voters/ https://publicinterestlegal.org/ State-wide, “the problem is most certainly exponentially worse [than seen in the eight localities] because we have no data regarding aliens on the registration rolls for the other 125 Virginia localities,” the report said. “When the voting history of this small sample of alien registrants is examined, nearly 200 verified ballots were cast before they were removed from the rolls. Each one of them is likely a felony.” The authors highlighted the role played by Edgardo Cortés, the commissioner of the commonwealth’s department of elections. http://www.elections.virginia.gov/contact-us/commissioner/edgardo-cortes.html Before his appointment by Democratic Gov. Terence McAuliffe, Cortés was a left-wing operative of Virginia Voting Rights Restoration Campaign, within the left-wing Advancement Project. The project was funded and supported by George Soros, through his Tides Foundation and Open Society Foundations. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/us-programs/grantees/advancement-project https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/george-soros https://www.tides.org/ https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/issues/governance-accountability The report makes the direct charge: “At the instruction of Commissioner Cortés, local election officials refused to provide us with records showing the voting history of non-citizens removed from registration lists. Previous to McAuliffe taking office in 2014, state officials had used the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements database, it is also known as the SAVE database, to detect and remove aliens from the voting rolls, the report said. http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/08/22/clinton-ally-terry-mcauliffe-defies-virginia-supreme-court-restores-13000-felons-voting-rights/ https://www.uscis.gov/save One of the top priorities of the Soros’ Advancement Project is to stop the use of SAVE to purge voter lists. Adams, who is the author of the book Injustice: Exposing the racial agenda of the Obama Justice Department, told Breitbart News Virginia state officials have willfully ignored the evidence of large-scale voter fraud. “The state Board ‎of Elections, which has a 2-to-1 Democrat majority told local election officials to ignore our investigation, even though federal law gives PILF the right to inspect documents listing the aliens who were quietly removed from the rolls,” he said. The report points to the federal 1993 National Voter Registration Act, known by its “Motor Voter” moniker, which compelled states to register as a voter anyone who presents a driver’s license and checks a box attesting that they are an American citizen. The law does not require any other evidence, and in several states, such as Alabama, Georgia and Kansas, the Department of Justice and or left-wing operatives have sought to block efforts to tighten citizenship verification. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2013/06/17/states-can-t-require-proof-of-citizenship-to-vote-supreme-court-says/ http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2012/08/06/court-rules-doj-politicized-black-panther-case-awards-jw-court-fees/ But the Motor Voter law also requires officials to maintain records and to strip ineligible voters from the rolls. So the voters’ alliance asked officials for copies of voters’ records to gauge their eligibility. https://www.justice.gov/crt/national-voter-registration-act-1993-nvra In January, the Virginia Voters Alliance requested City of Alexandria registrar Anna Leider to produce voter records, but Leider refused. In April, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, on behalf of VVA and Alexandria citizen David Norcross, filed suit in federal court. When the case came to the courtroom, Leider promised the court she would allow VVA and Norcross to inspect her records–an inspection, which revealed hundreds of non-citizens on the voter rolls. But, Leider’s cooperation ended there, as she stopped the VVA representatives from making a photocopy of the list, according to the report’s authors. Eight months later, Leider’s lawyer produced a list of just 70 aliens her office had removed from the rolls, according to the report. Following this confirmation, VVA and PILF made similiar requests to 19 of the commonwealth’s cities and counties: Arlington, Albemarle, Bedford, Chesterfield, Fairfax City, Fauquier, Frederick, Falls Church, Loudon, Hampton, Hanover, James City, Lancaster, Manassas, Prince William, Roanoke, Stafford, Rappahannock and York. http://www.virginiavotersalliance.org/category/voter-fraud/ Election officials at Prince William County provided VVA with the names of 433 non-citizens, who had been registered to vote in the county, but had been later removed, the report said. Barbara Gunter, the general registrar of Bedford County, which has roughly 60,000 voting age citizens, produced at list of 35 names of illegal voters on the rolls. She also gave up the names of additional 54 voters who were sent notices that they need to validate their eligibility. But soon after her response to VVA and PILF, Gunter called PILF requesting that they destroy the list. She asked for the list to be destroyed because Cortés, the state elections commissioner, claimed she violated the federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act. This process was repeated in Roanoke County, which produced a list 22 illegal voters. Then the county’s General Registrar Judith Stokes emailed PILF to request the destruction of the list upon the guidance of Cortés, according to the report. Following Roanoke’s email, all of the other 17 jurisdictions with pending requests for voter records contacted VVA and PILF to say that Cortés told them not to honor the requests, each citing concerns for driver privacy, according to the report. The report says the coverup was exposed when Cortés took his next step, which [was to] insist that all requests of voter records would be processed through his state office. In his own correspondence with VVA and PILF, the commissioner said his consolidation was meant to relieve local offices of the administrative burden and to ensure that individual’s privacy concerns were addressed. Cortés final offer to VVA and PILF is that he will promise to provide some information, but nothing relating to illegal voters and the purging of illegal voters. Adams told Breitbart News, the abuses and cover up in Virginia is just the tip of the iceberg, not only in Virginia, but across the country. The voting rights attorney said the VVA and PILF groups did their job by naming names, by citing the actions and inaction, of state and local election officials. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/us/politics/11voting.html It is important to remember that the report describes violations of state and federal laws that have yet to be addressed by state and federal law enforcement, he said. “Soros fueled groups like the NAACP‎, Democrats and Advancement Project are in court now opposing citizenship verification measures,” he said. For years the Left has dismissed suspicions that non-citizens are voting, he said. “Now, we know why,” the lawyer said. “When an alien registers to vote, it is a felony,” Adams said. “When an alien votes, it is multiple felonies. DOJ under Obama has stopped enforcing this law. We name the names of the registered voters removed from the rolls for citizenship problems. Will DOJ prosecute any of them?” http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/02/virginia-illegal-voting-fraud-coverup/
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