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house Bill H.R. 3113

Should Newly Sworn-in American Citizens be Immediately Given Voter Registration Forms?

Argument in favor

These registration forms would make it easier for newly sworn-in citizens to exercise their core right as a citizen: to vote.

Mark's Opinion
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06/16/2018
Our democracy exists because we have the right to vote, it is an essential right and part of being an American citizen there should be no roadblocks between an American and their rights.
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John's Opinion
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06/16/2018
Yes, and everyone born in this country should get their voter registration card on their 18th birthday.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/16/2018
That’s a great idea. They are citizens. It is their duty as American citizens to participate in our civil process. They had to care a lot and live here for five years as a green card resident before hand. It’s just a pity that citizens by birth don’t have to take the test.
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Argument opposed

These newly sworn-in citizens are more than capable of registering to vote on their own time if they wish to do so.

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06/16/2018
Only if we want accelerate our efforts to become a Third World toilet. These newly sworn citizens in general will not have had time to assimilate, much less have a grasp of issues. A blanket minimum of 5 years citizenship before being able to cast a ballot. I realize common sense causes leftist heads to explode, but so be it.
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David's Opinion
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06/16/2018
Good citizenship begins with exercising personal responsibility. If people want to vote they need to take personal responsibility and make the effort to go to city hall and register. Sadly, personal responsibility is being characterized by the left as a burden on anyone the left deems to be usefully irresponsible.
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JTJ's Opinion
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06/16/2018
And here it is, the true motivation behind immigration reform. I’ll say it again, your democrat leaders don’t give a crap about immigrants, they only want the votes.
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      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJune 29th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3113?

This bill ― the Citizenship Empowerment Act― would require that all newly sworn-in U.S. citizens be uniformly provided voter registration forms at naturalization ceremonies.

Impact

New American citizens; and entities conducting naturalization ceremonies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3113

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Authored by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), this bill would ensure that newly sworn-in citizens are able to immediately have the ability to register to vote, and fully exercise their right to influence elections and choose worthy candidates that will lead their new country.

“We should do everything within our power to make it easier for Americans to vote, as that is the fundamental tool for ensuring a more perfect union,” said Chairman Crowley. “Newly sworn-in American have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to our country, and they are often eager to make their voices heard. Providing voter registration forms at naturalization ceremonies would go a long way into making that a reality.”

First introduced in July, 2017, this bill will require that voter registration forms be supplied to new citizens, whereas it is currently only allowed, but not required by federal law.

“The right to vote is the foundation of our democratic system. We should make it easier, not harder, for citizens to vote or register to vote whenever possible,” said Congressman Boyle. “We should do all we can to provide all citizens a fair opportunity to participate in our democracy—and in fact encourage them to do so—regardless of the location where they happen to become a naturalized citizen.”

The United States has notoriously low voter participation rates, and this may spur more citizens to vote come election time.

This bill is endorsed by Common Cause and the National Partnership for New Americans.


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Summary by Lucas McConnell

(Photo Credit: Nutthaseth Vanchaichana / iStock)

AKA

Citizenship Empowerment Act

Official Title

To require the chief election officials of the States to provide voter registration forms at certain naturalization proceedings, and for other purposes.

    Our democracy exists because we have the right to vote, it is an essential right and part of being an American citizen there should be no roadblocks between an American and their rights.
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    Only if we want accelerate our efforts to become a Third World toilet. These newly sworn citizens in general will not have had time to assimilate, much less have a grasp of issues. A blanket minimum of 5 years citizenship before being able to cast a ballot. I realize common sense causes leftist heads to explode, but so be it.
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    Yes, and everyone born in this country should get their voter registration card on their 18th birthday.
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    That’s a great idea. They are citizens. It is their duty as American citizens to participate in our civil process. They had to care a lot and live here for five years as a green card resident before hand. It’s just a pity that citizens by birth don’t have to take the test.
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    After witnessing the traitorously-irresponsible, lazy partisanship of the trump demographic, I believe our immigrants are more educated (and tested!) on American government, ideals, and history than any of the a—hole man children screaming at a trump rally thinking the country belongs to them. These new citizens should be encouraged right off to participate in our (their) democracy, and I’d trust them over a trump supporter to be a more responsible American by not taking our government for a big joke that they can burn down over some cultural anxiety temper tantrum. Any immigrant could probably tell you that no country—including ours—is immune to authoritarianism, but quite fragile, and that destroying norms and expectations for justice can lead a democracy to fall apart. We could all use their wisdom right now!
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    Why wouldn’t you register them to vote right at the time of becoming an American citizen it might might be the only time that they have available to them that it’s right in front of them why you’re going to make them actually have to go to someplace to do it when it’s right there some of them have limited resources
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    Hey Mark, how about you get facts straight BEFORE you start pointing fingers at ‘leftists’ please: “To qualify to apply for U.S. citizenship via naturalization, you should meet following requirements: You are 18 years old and above at the time of application. A lawful green card holder (permanent resident) for five years. Have established continuous residency for 5 years and are physically present in the U.S.Mar 22, 2016
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    Good citizenship begins with exercising personal responsibility. If people want to vote they need to take personal responsibility and make the effort to go to city hall and register. Sadly, personal responsibility is being characterized by the left as a burden on anyone the left deems to be usefully irresponsible.
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    And here it is, the true motivation behind immigration reform. I’ll say it again, your democrat leaders don’t give a crap about immigrants, they only want the votes.
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    Look at the racist, privileged arguments against this issue. Thanks, haters, you just confirmed my support for this bill. Please make it easier for these new citizens to vote so that they counteract the Stupids who think they own this country.
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    I am a naturalized citizen and I registered to vote at the location where I got my Naturalization Certificate. Your vote is your power. #Vote
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    Quite frankly, I would put money on the idea that someone who has completed the path to citizenship has more working knowledge of how our government works than 70% of the American public. And I'm being generous. They earned their citizenship. Sign them up and let them join the circus with the rest of us. What cracks me up is the number of people claiming that these people wouldn't be up to speed or informed, when a sad number of voters these days already get their "information" from memes.
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    Yes. This is a great idea and my guess is that new citizens are More likely to actually vote. Unfortunately a lot of Americans have a habit of whining on social media and staying in on Election Day.
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    Hm, I wonder why Republicans are so afraid of having more registered voters...
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    They should. We should also take steps on a nationwide scale, to register every legal citizen once they turn 18, so they are at least registered to vote.
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    If someone obtains citizenship, they should also receive the benefits of being a citizen. Citizenship is a long process and these people deserve all their rights because they are legal citizens.
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    H.R. 3113 - Citizenship Empowerment Act This bill H.R. 3113 ― the Citizenship Empowerment Act― would require that all newly sworn-in U.S. citizens be uniformly provided voter registration forms at their naturalization ceremony, along with their naturalization papers. These registration forms would make it easier for newly sworn-in citizens to exercise their core right as a citizen: to vote. I’d hope that no “Political Party Affiliated Information” is Also not added into their packets. 6*16*18
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    Firstly, yes! Of course new citizens should be started out on the proper path by being encouraged to register and vote. My guess is these new citizens will likely do a better job of studying the issues and candidates and informing themselves than the average American citizen currently does. Why? Because citizenship wasn’t a birthright they take for granted. They have worked hard for the privilege of calling themselves Americans and are more acutely aware than most of the sacred honor and responsibility of voting. Additionally, such a policy is just an expansion and fits nicely with other current efforts to encourage voter registration by offering it at public service venues such as Health Department and Human Services and Tag Agency offices. And finally, I couldn’t imagine a citizen positive bill like this could be controversial or disputed in any way until I read some of the negative responses posted. Wow. Just wow. Such bigotry and hate and selfishness so overtly on display never ceases to take me aback. Let’s just say I trust the wisdom and judgment of our new citizens to understand and support who we should be as a nation far more than those who express such vitriol bigotry. Welcome new citizens to our country built by immigrants! You are one of us so get registered and Vote!
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    Yes. They don’t become citizens overnight. They have to have lived here for several years, learned about our system of government, etc. Naturalized citizens often know more about civics than the people born here—I know because I recently helped a co-worker study for her citizenship test. They don’t take things for granted the way many of us do.
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    This is the whole point of immigration. Whole families voting Democrat to impose a one party state. Families that do not believe in individual rights, are not steeped in the Constitution and believe government is the solution to all problems.
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