December 5, 2021

Court rules states can make voters prove citizenship

State ID-ology Wins Big in Court

There are plenty of threats to democracy, but what happens in the voting booth shouldn’t be one of them. In the wild west of polling stations, voter fraud has never been easier to commit — and with Left’s all-out war on proof-of-citizenship laws, never harder to stop. Even with 70% of Americans on their side, states that try to enact even the mildest forms of election accountability — like voter ID laws — run into the brick wall of the Obama administration. Like most liberals, this White House’s most reliable supporters are the ones who aren’t even eligible to vote: the dead, illegal, or relocated.

To crackdown on fraud, officials in Arizona and Kansas applied a little common sense: they asked voters to show proof of citizenship before they cast their ballots. Not surprisingly, liberal groups — who object to any form of election integrity — sued Arizona, arguing the law is too burdensome on low-income and minority voters. Of course, their logic is absurd in a country that demands identification for everything from pet adoption to prescription pick-ups. Americans have to show an ID to get behind the wheel, but when it comes to driving America in a new direction, the Left rejects any hint of accountability.

After a long and bitter legal battle, the case finally landed in the lap of the U.S. Supreme Court. By a vote of 7-2, the justices agreed on a complicated ruling that partially sided with the Obama administration but also left the door open for states like Kansas and Arizona to sue again — which they did late last year. Yesterday, the states drew first blood — winning a major victory in federal court from Judge Eric Melgren. “The states, not Congress, set the voter qualifications for federal elections,” he wrote. In particular, he explained that while the states do have to use a national voter registration form, the Election Assistance Commission also had to add “state-specific instructions” to that application. In other words, the federal government has to help — not hinder — these states in enforcing their voter ID laws.

For the President and his party, who both benefit from our sloppy election system and the cheating it encourages, this decision is a huge blow. Predictably, liberal groups fumed over the ruling, which they insist will disenfranchise potential voters. “What this ruling does now,” grumbled Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo (D), “is makes it more difficult for this segment of voters, students, to vote.” Listen, if students are as motivated to vote as they are to buy alcohol, then acquiring an ID shouldn’t be a problem. Applying a form of identification in the age of technology isn’t nearly as difficult as the Left makes it out to be.

As Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon (R) said, “One of the greatest privileges and responsibilities of a U.S. citizen is the right to vote. For these reasons, it is critical that we uphold the integrity of our voter registration system by ensuring only U.S. citizens are permitted to cast a ballot.” That’s why this week’s ruling is so important. “This is a really big victory, not just for Kansas and Arizona,” said Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, “but for all 50 states. Kansas has paved the way for all states to enact proof-of-citizenship requirements.” Let’s hope they do. We all have a stake in making the democratic system an honest one.

Family Research Center