Thursday, June 8, 2023

Left Seeks to Extend Voting to Prisoners, Noncitizens to Expand Base; Thousands of Non-Citizens have made it onto U.S. Voter Rolls, Watchdog Warns

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Left Seeks to Extend Voting to Prisoners, Noncitizens to Expand Base:
Inmate voting, noncitizen voting, and even mandatory voting have been among the initiatives pushed in Democrat-led jurisdictions this year to expand their voting base.
“The Left wants to normalize voter classes that nobody took seriously a generation ago—criminals, foreigners—to help them win elections,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group, told The Daily Signal.
As I noted in my book “The Myth of Voter Suppression,” Democrats long have sought to change election laws to gain a political advantage.
The nation’s capital, the District of Columbia, adopted noncitizen voting this year for local elections such as mayor and city council. Oregon lawmakers are pushing prisoner voting, while blue states on the West and East coasts are considering mandatory voting.
“The Left talks big about ‘helping everyone vote,’ but for at least the past decade, they’ve focused all their efforts on only helping their preferred voters cast a ballot,” Hayden Ludwig, director of policy research at Restoration of America, a conservative group, told The Daily Signal in an email. “Everything from lowering the voting age to vote-by-mail and felon voting rights is geared to drive turnout among the ‘New American Majority,’ their term for the demographic groups Democrats are pinning all their hopes on.”
The District of Columbia is looking to join five states—California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Vermont—to allow noncitizen voting in local elections for municipal offices or school boards, according to the organization Americans for Citizen Voting. A court has blocked the law from taking effect in New York City.
Democrats in the Oregon state Legislature advanced a bill to make the state the third in the country to allow inmates to vote, following Vermont and Maine. The Oregon Legislature is in session until June 26, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
“People vote when they are in nursing homes, when they are in hospitals. People have the right to vote when they are receiving treatment for drug and alcohol abuse or mental health issues,” Democratic Oregon state Sen. Sara Gelser Blouin, told NBC News. “We don’t condition the right to vote. Once we start making exceptions to that, where do you stop?” --->READ MORE HERE
Thousands of non-citizens have made it onto U.S. voter rolls, watchdog warns:
In Pennsylvania alone, tens of thousands of non-citizens made it onto the state's voter rolls over decades.
Tens of thousands of non-citizens have tried or made it onto voter rolls across the U.S. over recent years, according to an election watchdog's analysis of data from several states.
Non-citizen voters have been found on voter rolls in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Maricopa County, Ariz. In Georgia, there were non-citizens who attempted to register to vote but were placed in a pending status because there wasn't evidence of their citizenship, so they didn't make it onto the voter rolls.
"Pennsylvania has been covering up for years, the tens of thousands of aliens who got on the voter rolls there for 20 years," J. Christian Adams, president of the watchdog group Public Interest Legal Foundation, told "Just the News, No Noise" TV show this week, while also saying acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Al Schmidt "knows the truth and won't tell it.”
In 2017, Schmidt, a Republican who was a Philadelphia city commissioner at the time, told a Pennsylvania Senate committee that there were over 100,000 matches of voter registration records to state driver's license numbers with Immigration and Naturalization Service indicators.
The matches don't mean that all of those people were registered to vote, but Schmidt argued: "We're not talking about an insignificant number here. We're talking about a potentially very significant number of thousands and tens of thousands."
The Pennsylvania Department of State announced in September 2017 that records indicated 1,160 non-citizens had since 1972 requested their voter registrations be canceled.
Adams said the "vast majority" of non-citizens "are motor voter registrations" – referring to the 1993 National Voter Registration Act that made it easier for people applying for a driver's license to also register to vote. --->READ MORE HERE
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