Monday, May 16, 2005

Democrat Party Doublespeak on Illegal Voters...

This is just too doubleplusgood!!!

From http://hdc.leg.wa.gov/news/20050413_Election_Reform_QA.asp:

Q: Why can’t we purge the voter rolls and re-register all voters in the state?

A: First of all, it’s against federal law. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 permits removal of voters only at the voter’s request, for felony conviction or mental incapacity, or as part of a general effort to remove ineligible voters from the rolls. [NVRA or Motor Voter Act; 42 U.S.C. 1973gg-5(a) & (b). More information at: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/nvra/activ_nvra.htm ]
But an even better reason might be this: Every legal, eligible voter in this state
should not be penalized because of a statistically-tiny number of illegal votes.
Yes, we want to assure that our system is as secure and as accurate as possible.
But in our country, you are innocent unless proven guilty – duly registered
voters should not have to prove themselves innocent.
We believe that voting is a right, not an entitlement.

. . .

Q: Why shouldn’t we have a government-issued photo ID or passport requirement at the polls?

A: The problems in this past year’s election did not come from people falsely
identifying themselves at the polls. The problems we saw were problems with
ballots being mailed to soldiers in a timely fashion, alleged felons improperly
casting ballots, inconsistent procedures, and a few people improperly casting
ballots for loved ones who had passed away.
By requiring photo identification at the polls, we are creating a barrier to those who have the constitutional right to vote while ignoring the real problem. For example, more than 48,000 seniors over 65 have no driver’s license or other state photo ID.
That is 7 percent of all Washington citizens over 65. Are we going to deny 7
percent of our senior citizens the right to vote? By requiring a passport to vote we are in effect placing a poll tax on the voters of Washington State. The cost to obtain a passport is currently $97 and less than 30% of the U.S. population has one. Voting is a constitutional right, not a privilege you should have to pay for.

. . .

Q: Can non-citizens vote in our elections?

A: Although that has not been proven to have been a problem
in the last election, within these reforms we are requiring that clear and
conspicuous language be added to the voter registration form stating that the
applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a check box confirming that the applicant
is a citizen. Additionally there will be a warning put on the voter registration
form that it is a class C felony to provide false information. There is no database to cross-reference voter rolls and check for U.S. citizenship. We must rely on law enforcement to prosecute individuals who lie on their registration.
In our efforts to better our election process, we must not disenfranchise
potential voters who are given the right to vote by our constitution. In
protecting some we cannot create barriers for others.


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