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    IntroducedJuly 18th, 2013

What is it?

This bill would grant states the authority to require proof of citizenship for people who are registering to vote.

Under current law, there is no provision requiring people to present proof of citizenship before registering to vote or casting a ballot, other than stating that they are a citizen.

Impact

People registering to vote, voters, people in the U.S. without proof of citizenship, undocumented immigrants, individuals who commit voter fraud, election agencies, polling places and volunteers, and politicians.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth:

Sponsoring Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) filed S. 1336 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule an Arizona proof-of-citizenship voter registration requirement. According to the Senator, his bill would force states to be more vigilant when checking the citizenship of individuals attempting to register to vote.


Cruz stated that under the current “Motor Voter” law, non-citizens are effectively allowed to participate in elections, which undermines the value of American citizenship:

“The right to vote is a fundamental building block of our nation’s democratic process and it is crucial that we have the measures in place to uphold the integrity of our elections.”

Proponents of Cruz’s bill claim that Americans downplay voter fraud, ignoring historical examples like the infamous “graveyard” voters in Chicago who turned out in massive numbers to vote on behalf of the city’s powerful and corrupt mayor, Richard Daley.


Opponents of Cruz’s bill have built their counter-argument on the grounds that voter fraud does not seem to occur with great frequency in the modern era. The Department of Justice reported that of 197 million votes cast between 2002 and 2005, just 40 were cast by ineligible voters. While this may only represent a fraction of all fraudulent votes cast, the actual number is unlikely to be much higher since the value of a single vote rarely outweighs the punishment: up to 5 years in prison.


Media:

Bill Sponsor Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Press Release

MSNBC

Politico


(Photo credit: Geograph.org.uk

Official Title

A bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to permit States to require proof of citizenship for registration to vote in elections for Federal office.

    If you're not a citizen you're not supposed to be able to vote so yes they should be checked
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    Having a driver's license, state id or passport is a reasonable requirement for voting, (since everyone carries one to drive or buy alcohol), creating specific identification for voting IS simply a means of voter suppression and there are no two ways about that. If you don't have the time or means to get the ID or your community isn't made aware of its existence then your right to have a say in the direction of the country is taken away and there is no way to justify that. The idea that voter fraud is a problem is just evidence of the rascist motive behind this idea because the data shows that it is NOT a response to a problem that existed, just a tool to suppress voting that disproportionately effects people of color.
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    Wow! Introduced in the senate and read twice. They don’t like this common sense, in the best interests of the integrity of OUR elections either. Mmm, I wonder why?
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    You have to show ID to get alcohol but not to vote, how ludicrous. States have offer to give free ID’s to people with out driver licenses and some say it’s racist, that can’t be the go to all the time. Most that claim things are done because of racism are the people oppressing people.
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