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BREAKING: House Passes Bill Mandating Proof of Citizenship for Federal Election Voting

On July 10, the House passed a bill requiring voters to show proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections.

The bill was approved in a mostly party-line vote of 221–198.

Five Democrats—Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Donald Davis (D-N.C.), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Vincente Gonzalez Jr. (D-Texas), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.)—joined all Republicans in voting for the legislation. Other Democrats opposed the bill, arguing that it’s redundant with existing prohibitions on noncitizen voting.

The measure is likely dead on arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate. The White House has expressed opposition to the bill.

The Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act, introduced by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) in May with backing from House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and over 100 other Republicans, mandates that individuals provide proof of U.S. citizenship when submitting voter registration applications for federal elections. States would be prohibited from processing applications that lack this documentation.

Under the bill, acceptable forms of proof of citizenship include a passport, birth certificate, a government-issued photo ID showing the person was born in the United States, and a military ID showing the same.

It would also require states to purge their voter rolls of any current noncitizens, in part by giving states no-cost access to databases run by the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration.

In a whip notice, House Minority Whip Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) urged Democrats to oppose the legislation, stating that it “irresponsibly casts doubt on the credibility of our elections.”

Democrats say that under the terms of the bill, it would become more difficult for natural-born and naturalized citizens to register to vote.

“It is already illegal under current law for noncitizens to register to vote or to vote in federal elections,” Ms. Clark’s office stated.

Republicans acknowledge that federal law technically prohibits voting by illegal immigrants, but they say there are loopholes that make it possible for an illegal immigrant to vote.

“A lot of people have asked, ‘Well, wait a minute, isn’t it already against federal law for a noncitizen to vote in a U.S. Election?'” Mr. Johnson said during a press call on July 9.

“It’s a part of the federal statutes. The problem is … there’s no mechanism to ensure that only those registering or voting are actually citizens.”

Republicans are primarily concerned with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), known as the Motor Voter law. This law allows individuals to register to vote while obtaining a driver’s license at a Department of Motor Vehicles or other state agencies.

Foreigners living permanently in the United States are encouraged to get a U.S. driver’s license; 19 states and the District of Columbia allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The NVRA does not allow states to ask for documentary proof of citizenship, instead requiring that they take an individual’s word that they are a citizen unless the individual’s eligibility is called into question.

In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona that the NVRA, as a federal law, takes precedence over state laws that require documentary proof to vote. This decision effectively prohibits states from imposing additional requirements for federal voter registration.

The White House has opposed the bill, arguing that states already have measures in place to verify voter eligibility and maintain accurate voter rolls.

“This bill would do nothing to safeguard our elections, but it would make it much harder for all eligible Americans to register to vote and increase the risk that eligible voters are purged from voter rolls,” it said in a July 8 statement of administration policy.

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