Skip to comments.Power play: Federal ruling forbids states from checking votersí citizenship
Posted on 01/18/2014 9:41:19 AM PST by jazusamo
A federal commission rejected three states requests to ask voters for proof of citizenship, issuing a complex decision Friday that said its up to the national government, not the states, to decide what to include on registration forms.
Under the motor-voter law, federal officials distribute voter-registration forms in all of the states. Arizona, Kansas and Georgia all asked that those forms request proof of citizenship, but the federal Election Assistance Commission rejected that in a 46-page ruling.
The EAC said states can check drivers license databases or ask federal immigration authorities for information, but they cannot tell the federal government what to include on federal forms.
The EAC finds that granting the States requests would likely hinder eligible citizens from registering to vote in federal elections, undermining a core purpose of the NVRA, the commission said in its ruling, referring to the National Voter Registration Act, or motor-voter law.
The EACs decision is almost certain to end up back before the federal courts and could go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Indeed, the states request to the EAC was in part spurred by a Supreme Court ruling last year. In that case, the justices said Arizona couldnt refuse to accept the federal registration forms.
But Justice Antonin Scalia also specifically said Arizona could ask the EAC to include the request on forms distributed in that state, and said if the EAC refused, the state could come back to the courts.
Fridays decision is the latest skirmish in the push for voter identification and proof of citizenship as some states seek to crack down on what they fear is fraudulent registration and, in some cases, fraudulent voting.
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The States should tell the Federal Judges to go to hell and check for citizenship anyway.
But the conspirators know this will not be resolved in time for the next election cycle. Once illegals have already been registered, they will not have to qualify again.
The democrat controlled federal government is at war against the US citizen.
We need this.
When it has been shown that 23 year-olds can present themselves as 80 year-olds, as a thread showed last week, and be accepted by poll workers without question, then I’m doubtful than even photo I.D. is going to do much. “Yeah, two eyes a nose and a mouth, that’s you.”
Let’s hope this decision is brought back to the courts promptly as Justice Scalia said could be done. Unfortunately the courts are so packed with progressives, the Obama federal government apparatchiks and cooperating federal judges will likely be able to slow the appeals process to a snail’s pace.
It’s very clear now that many federal government officials in the Obama administration and in the civil service are now actively enemies of the American citizens.
Exactly, the Rat takeover hit the ground running on Jan 20, 2009 with their criminal administration.
It is the same in Europe. This is bigger than just our gubmint.
Democrats have bitten off far more cheese than they can chew this time around.
A couple more years of this junk and Obama’s own fans will massively sit out the elections.
I never have understood why one Federal judge has the power to negate the duly passed legislation of a state. Balance of powers implies that the Supreme Court is supposed to balance the legislatures.
One whacko judge with a 5 minute ruling can exercise more power than an entire state legislature which has often spent months (or more) working a bill through committees and the two houses, plus getting the whole thing signed by the governor.
Talk about tin-pot dictators! If a Federal judge has a problem with a state law, he/she/it should take it up with the Supreme Court.
Someone please enlighten me as to how this is constitutional let alone logical?
Judges should not have this kind of power, this is insane
No need for them to vote. By then Obama will be King (Emperor? Big Kahuna? He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Questioned?)
Just go ahead and require proof of citizenship. The administration are criminals; treat them as such.
I think he’ll be happy to go on his way. The government is not the big cream pie he envisioned, lavish vacations notwithstanding. Actually if he made the entire rest of his term a vacation in Hawaii I wouldn’t complain too much. Money has been spent on worse things.
You may be right, there’s already many of his fans really ticked over 0bamacare and there’ll be a lot more from all his other corrupt capers.
Here is the 2013 Sup Ct holding striking down the AZ law requiring proof of US citizenship for those seeking to vote in fed election.
I've been saying this for years.
There is wealth in America and a wealthy man could hire people and start building a pipeline anyway.
A wealthy man could hire the people and construct refineries anyway ...
You get the picture.
The states can check and note this...for state elections...which worries some that there will eventually be two listings in every state....the pure and simple state-voters, and the complicated-accept-all federal list. It would take two or three federal elections for someone to note a ten to twenty percent difference....and that there’s some serious mess brewing here.
The Supremes can’t do much for state elections....each state can run their own method...determine their own day for voting...and arrange registration their own way. Once you say federal election...then all bets are off.
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