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False claims of noncitizen voters spur federal, NH legislation

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024   

House Republicans are backing legislation to require proof of citizenship to register to vote in a federal election.

Despite a lack of evidence, lawmakers claim the Biden administration is intentionally flooding the United States with undocumented immigrants to help tip the outcome this November.

David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, said false claims of voter fraud are undermining Americans' trust in election systems.

"Noncitizens are already not legally allowed to vote in federal elections," Becker pointed out. "This has been the case throughout American history and was codified into American law in 1996."

Still, the false threat has become a rallying cry for the GOP this election-year. Along with the federal bill, lawmakers in at least six states, including New Hampshire, have introduced noncitizen voting measures.

Good-governance groups said conspiracy theories about undocumented immigrants lay the groundwork for election challenges should the GOP come up short this fall. When asked for proof of noncitizens voting, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., the House Speaker, has said it's "not been something that is easily provable."

Becker stressed immigrants who risk their lives to reach the U.S. understand they would be deported if caught breaking the law.

"To cast one ballot in an election in which 160 million ballots are going to be cast, it happens exceedingly rarely, largely because the states and federal government already have really good policies in place," Becker asserted.

Meanwhile, a new survey reveals even eligible voters from both political parties would have difficulty obtaining proof of citizenship. Some 20 million eligible U.S. voters said they cannot quickly access a passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers. Voters of color are more likely to lack official documents.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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