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house Bill H.R. 6723

Should States Require Voters to Prove They’re U.S. Citizens to Vote in Federal Elections?

Argument in favor

Only American citizens should be casting votes in federal elections, that’s the law. To ensure some aren’t skirting the rules to vote fraudulently, the federal government should require that states get proof of citizenship from registering voters.

Tod's Opinion
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10/28/2018
We must keep in tack the integrity of our elections. We can not allow non U.S. Citizens vote in our elections.
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Alexis's Opinion
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10/28/2018
I’m open to arguments here but... don’t we want to ensure voter fraud isn’t possible through requirement of sufficient personal ID validation? I wouldn’t want someone to have the ability to steal a piece of my mail and vote in my place. I’m interested to understand why individuals feel it’s so difficult to obtain a valid ID w/photo... don’t you need this to fly? To get a library card? When you get pulled over for speeding? For ... many things in life? 😊
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Ashley's Opinion
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10/28/2018
There’s nothing wrong with confirming citizenship. It would take just as long to look at any of those documents as it would to look at a Driver’s License. In fact, I think 2 forms of proof should be required, because the folks who checked us in to vote may have looked at our legal age, but did not even glance at our picture vs. our face. Besides, there are plenty of people who carry driver’s licenses who are not US Citizens, and I’m skeptical that they aren’t able to vote.
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Argument opposed

This bill is a thinly veiled attempt at voter suppression and is a solution in search of a problem, because it’s rare for a non-citizen to successfully vote in a federal election. States should have their own voter registration rules.

Marylynn's Opinion
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10/28/2018
I find this statement asinine. If you're a registered voter, you've already proved you're a U.S. citizen.
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IllWill's Opinion
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10/28/2018
I got news for the GOP, you already have to prove that you are a U.S. citizen in order to register to vote in federal elections. This bill has the stench of racism and xenophobia all over it. Non-citizens voting in our federal elections is something that is virtually non-existent and when it does happen you’re charged with a crime. Enough of this nonsense!
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Anna's Opinion
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10/28/2018
The majority of Americans already do not vote. We should not be making it more difficult to vote, we should be trying to increase the number of Americans who vote. A democracy only works when citizens are informed and engaged. If we continue to push people to disengage then at what point do we stop being a democracy? For citizens of a democracy voting is not an entitlement, it is a responsibility that every American should be encouraged and supported in doing. Non citizens voting is a nonexistent issue used to justify disenfranchising minorities, but non voting is a real issue that does threaten real democracy in our country. Focus on the real issue, not made up issues that are used to undermine our democracy. Fight for real democracy!
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      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedSeptember 6th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 6723?

This bill — the Ensuring American Voters Act — would prohibit states from registering voters for a federal election unless the individual provides proof that they’re a U.S. citizen. Qualifying documentary evidence would include any of the following (either an original or a photocopy): 1) A certified birth certificate issued by a state or local government; 2) A valid U.S. passport; 3) A Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the State Dept.; 4) A Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Impact

Registering voters, particularly those without proof of citizenship; state elections agencies; and the American electorate.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6723

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced this bill to improve the security and integrity of federal elections by ensuring that foreign nationals aren’t able to register to vote fraudulently and improperly cast ballots. Gibbs cited seven indictments for fraudulent voting by foreign nationals in Franklin County, Ohio and 19 indictments in North Carolina from recent elections, and added:

“Only U.S. citizens should be voting in federal elections, yet there are gaps in the voter registration systems that can be exploited. A dozen states and the District of Columbia give illegal aliens the opportunity to obtain drivers’ licenses, with eight of those entities offering voter registration at the time of obtaining a license. To close this gap, I introduced the Ensuring American Voters Act today, which requires proof of citizenship citizenship at the time of registering to vote. This is a matter of protecting the integrity of our elections. We have made substantial investments in protecting our voting systems from foreign influence or corruption. It is time to take steps to stop illegal voting before it happens, rather than dealing with consequences after the fact.”

Credo Action expressed opposition to this bill, calling it “racist” and “voter ID on steroids”, before adding:

“There is absolutely no need for Gibbs’ legislation, because non-citizen voting just doesn’t happen. The Brennan Center for Justice found that non-citizens cast only 0.0001 percent of ballots and the small handful who try end up indicted under existing law. Gibbs’ bill is nothing more than a sham to shift attention away from the foreign governments like Russia and deep-pocketed corporations who are deliberately manipulating elections, perpetuate the voter fraud myth and give red meat to the Republican Party’s anti-immigrant base. You can bet that if it passes, election officials will be asking mostly Black and Brown folks to show their papers.”

This legislation has the support of four cosponsors, all of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / YinYang)

AKA

Ensuring American Voters Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to prohibit a State from registering an individual to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual provides documentary proof that the individual is a citizen of the United States.

    We must keep in tack the integrity of our elections. We can not allow non U.S. Citizens vote in our elections.
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    I find this statement asinine. If you're a registered voter, you've already proved you're a U.S. citizen.
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    I got news for the GOP, you already have to prove that you are a U.S. citizen in order to register to vote in federal elections. This bill has the stench of racism and xenophobia all over it. Non-citizens voting in our federal elections is something that is virtually non-existent and when it does happen you’re charged with a crime. Enough of this nonsense!
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    The majority of Americans already do not vote. We should not be making it more difficult to vote, we should be trying to increase the number of Americans who vote. A democracy only works when citizens are informed and engaged. If we continue to push people to disengage then at what point do we stop being a democracy? For citizens of a democracy voting is not an entitlement, it is a responsibility that every American should be encouraged and supported in doing. Non citizens voting is a nonexistent issue used to justify disenfranchising minorities, but non voting is a real issue that does threaten real democracy in our country. Focus on the real issue, not made up issues that are used to undermine our democracy. Fight for real democracy!
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    This bill is redundant and unnecessary as voter registration already addresses this. It has the effect of voter suppression through multiple checks.
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    I’m open to arguments here but... don’t we want to ensure voter fraud isn’t possible through requirement of sufficient personal ID validation? I wouldn’t want someone to have the ability to steal a piece of my mail and vote in my place. I’m interested to understand why individuals feel it’s so difficult to obtain a valid ID w/photo... don’t you need this to fly? To get a library card? When you get pulled over for speeding? For ... many things in life? 😊
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    Voter suppression. We are on to you. No more. If you REALLY want to protect the American Voters you would insist on a end to gerrymandering, physically verifiable elections with paper ballots, and a end to the Jim Crow-era disenfranchisement laws that take away the rights of citizens with past criminal convictions. Voting rights are already under attack nationwide as states pass voter suppression laws. These laws lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right. Since 2008, states across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—particularly black people, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These measures include cuts to early voting, voter ID laws, and purges of voter rolls.
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    There’s nothing wrong with confirming citizenship. It would take just as long to look at any of those documents as it would to look at a Driver’s License. In fact, I think 2 forms of proof should be required, because the folks who checked us in to vote may have looked at our legal age, but did not even glance at our picture vs. our face. Besides, there are plenty of people who carry driver’s licenses who are not US Citizens, and I’m skeptical that they aren’t able to vote.
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    It has worked well for over200 years the reason all of this happening now is the repukes are afraid of loosing control
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    Absolutely not, this fearmongering bill is playing on our citizens’ worst instincts, and will quickly become a tool for racism.
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    This is a “NO BRAINER QUESTION” - - HELL YES Only American citizens should be casting votes in federal elections, that’s the law. To ensure some aren’t skirting the rules to vote fraudulently, the federal government should require that states get proof of citizenship from registering voters. 10*28*18 ..... SneakyPete.....
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    If you’ve registered to vote at some point you’ve already proved it. Due to the numerous natural disasters, poverty and homelessness in this country you cannot expect everyone to be able to put their hands on documents that may no longer exist. To insist on replacing them to vote is to create a poll tax which is illegal.
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    Voter registration already does this. This is an attempt at voter suppression.
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    There is zero reason to be against this
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    This question was taken on by Kobach in Kansas - he spent millions of $$$ and researched people voting who shouldn’t and only 2 people out of the state were caught both were Republicans and were registered in 2 states. This question had been brought on by the rhetoric by Trump that non Americans are coming to vote. That is CRAZY. No one can vote if they have not REGISTERED. IF THE PERSON HAS THEIR REGISTRATION THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE. This is a way to keep citizens from voting just like Gerrymandering and closing voting places or moving them.
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    This is an attempt at voter suppression. You already legally say you are a U.S citizen during registration and have to present ID at the polls.
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    Yes because too many are voting who shouldn’t be voting.
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    Anyone voting yes to this either doesn’t know how US elections work (anyone registered to vote is already a US citizen), someone looking to institute yet another ridiculous voting barrier, or both.
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    The problem here is that it unfairly targets the poor, which is and has always been a target of suppression for one side of the aisle. Voter registrations are only for citizens so if someone is already registered, why then force them to go pay for a driver license (if they can get one), or find a way to the DMV or tax collector for another form of ID? By “proving” they are a citizen, what this bill will do is pick the hardest forms of ID to obtain and choose them as the requirement (birth certificates). It won’t harm a LOT of people, but between gerrymandering and requiring IDs, the numbers affected in districts start adding up and turning more and more red. Until the popular vote wins, and corporate money is out of politics, or at least can no longer simply be anonymous... this two party system will never work. It only results in more and more oppression and control by corporations and the elite, and more and greater division of our country. I am neither red nor blue, but when will a middle of the road independent that takes EVERYONES values and views in to consideration be elected? Not until we make big decisions as voters. If you want to keep your guns, and support women’s rights, believe immigration should be allowed and encouraged but controlled with protected borders, want small businesses to thrive and also want everyone to have access to health care...who do you vote for when both sides are so defined?
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    You bet The globalists are winning. There goes our democracy when anybody can vote in our elections.
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