Shouldn’t people be required to show proof of citizenship to vote in our elections? 

July 9 – The US House of Representatives will vote this week on the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act. 

The legislation would require proof of United States citizenship in order to vote in American elections. 

The Biden administration has claimed federal law already prohibits non-US citizens from voting. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “This gives you a full, clear idea of how much this administration hates America.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This is a common sense act that would just require verification of people, and not only at the federal level, but state and local officials that would determine someone’s immigration status for any number of things, not just voting, but any number of government assistance and government programs. To me, this would be low hanging fruit. If I’m the president or running for president, of course, anyone listening to this would say, why not? Why wouldn’t we have something like that in place? Now Biden is, they’re opposed to it. They’re saying that that is part of this larger package that they tried to push through the Senate that has not passed, that deals with bigger immigration reform issues. So it looks like at this point it’s not going to go anywhere.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “It doesn’t make sense. It’s so obvious then that there’s a problem here. In Pennsylvania, I think we have an opening for non-citizens to vote when you can mail in balloting. Here’s the problem. You are allowed to use your college ID as a substitute for no social security, no driver’s license. Well, we have about 48,000 non citizens in colleges in Pennsylvania, and I asked them about it, they said, oh, well, but they have to be registered to vote. So if they’re registered to vote, they already have to give their proof. I said, well, then why do you allow that as proof for the mail in balloting? It doesn’t make any sense to me, and it feels like that could easily slip through the cracks.” 

Ryan said, “Frankly, if any Democrat worth his or her salt or the Franklin County Democrat Committee, this is why it’s always party over people. Here’s an excellent example of it. They should be crying just as loudly as we are. If you really care about the integrity of the election and you don’t want illegal aliens, you don’t want noncitizens to vote, then stop being such a dog to the party elite and actually stand up for what’s right for your own voters out here. I don’t get it, it’s just going to be more here are my talking points, here’s my script. I better follow what daddy and mommy says, or we’ll be in trouble. Why don’t you do what’s right on behalf of your own people, your own family, your own children, your own grandchildren?”

Barkdoll said, “Remember, we’ve had some cities, New York City, most notably, they passed at the local level, a specific local ordinance that allowed non citizens to vote in local elections. Illegal immigrants are not allowed to vote in federal elections, but as you’re pointing out, are there ways that they could get through the system? In some cases, probably so. Now those local ordinances have since been deemed illegal, but from a political and just public policy standpoint, I don’t understand why, this should be a nonpartisan issue, why these officials wouldn’t just say, of course, we want this verification. Trump, by the way, is getting some heat on this. Remember two weeks ago, one of his new agenda items, he wants everyone that has a college degree, including an associate’s degree, to be automatically given a green card and citizenship. A lot of critics are saying, no way. That’s too easy of a path for someone to get a green card and it would be subject to abuse. Trump is not backing off that, though. A lot of groups are criticizing him on that. So whether that becomes part of what gets presented at the convention next week remains to be seen.”

Congressman John Joyce said, “I spoke on the floor regarding the SAVE Act, and it’s a very simple piece of legislation. This says that to vote you have to be an eligible American citizen with proof of that eligible citizenship. To vote in American elections, you have to be of age, you have to not be a convicted felon, and you have to be a US citizen. That’s who should vote, not illegal immigrants who have just come across the border to beef up Democrat votes. I think that the President won’t sign this into law. He’s counting on those votes. All Democrats are counting on those votes. Those who are eligible to vote, those US citizens who are eligible to vote should be the only ones who are voting in elections, and that’s what the SAVE Act is all about. We will vote on that this week, and I will support that and vote yes for the SAVE Act.”