Biden Vows To Block Bill Requiring Proof Of US Citizenship To Vote

President Joe Biden is vowing to block legislation, known as the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act, which would require proof of American citizenship before an applicant can be registered to vote in Federal elections…



he SAVE Act, introduced by Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) and co-sponsored by more than 100 House Republicans, would require state election officials to mandate voter registration applicants provide proof of American citizenship before they are added to the nation’s voter rolls.

“Federal law has been interpreted to prohibit states from checking to see if you’re a citizen even though, technically, the law says you must be a citizen,” Roy said in an exclusive interview.

Despite it already being illegal for non-citizens to vote in federal elections, Roy explained that there are no actual safeguards to check it. It gets worse as the Biden Administration dumps millions of illegal aliens into the United States, he noted.

“There’s a whole, you know, industry built up around propping up people here to be here illegally,” Roy said when asked about reports of non-citizens receiving Social Security numbers. “So, of course, they’re voting.”

He continued:

“And then, importantly, our own Federal Government [is] registering these people automatically — through Medicaid, through forced DMV registration — under federal law. And, of course, they’re registering them, and then they’re saying, ‘Oh, but they won’t vote in federal elections. Don’t worry about it,’” .

The issue, Roy said, is that there are no systems in place to ensure that is not happening.

“That’s the absurdity. You can’t even make it up. Federal law has been interpreted to prohibit states from checking to see if you’re a citizen even though, technically, the law says you must be a citizen,” he said, emphasizing that there are no safeguards to check to ensure that individuals are citizens when they vote, using Arizona as a prime example.

“Arizona passed a law saying they wanted to make sure that only citizens vote in federal and state and local elections. That went to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said, ‘No, sorry, you can’t do that for federal elections because federal law preempts it.’ So, they have two systems in Arizona: one system for checking state and local elections, where they go through the whole system, and then another system for federal, where they don’t check citizenship. Literally, that’s the current state of the law.”

Not only would the SAVE Act fix that issue, but the congressman said it would require all states to check for citizenship in federal elections.

“We think that still respects federalism. This is federal elections: Congress, Senate, [and the] presidency. We need to be able to bind this country together, at least under at least one simple notion that we can trust elections, that only citizens are voting for federal candidates,” he said, explaining that this would not be burdensome on citizens with existing voter registration.

“We want to keep it simple, so we drafted it to follow existing state laws, primarily. So what would change? First of all, nothing would immediately change for people who are already registered. You’d be allowed to go vote. What we would require is for the next registrants — so someone [who] goes to register to vote tomorrow, like, if this bill passed — then they would be forced to show up with passport, a Real ID that’s already checking citizenship, or, if the system doesn’t have that, a driver’s license, a photo ID, plus a copy of your birth certificate or your naturalization papers,” he said, explaining that there would be other paths that could be taken if the individual could not get their birth certificate.

Further, the law would essentially put the rest of the burden on the state, requiring states to clean their voter rolls and ensure that there is a process for making sure that only citizens are registered to vote.

This week, the Biden Administration released a statement addressing the SAVE Act, effectively vowing to block it from becoming law should it make its way to the president’s desk.

“The administration strongly opposes H.R. 8281, the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act,” the statement from the White House reads:

It is already illegal for noncitizens to vote in Federal elections — it is a Federal crime punishable by prison and fines. The alleged justification for this bill is based on easily disproven falsehoods. Additionally, making a false claim of citizenship or unlawfully voting in an election is punishable by removal from the United States and a permanent bar to admission. States already have effective safeguards in place to verify voters’ eligibility and maintain the accuracy of voter rolls. 

This bill would do nothing to safeguard our elections, but it would make it much harder for all eligible Americans to register to vote and increase the risk that eligible voters are purged from voter rolls. The evidence is clear that the current laws to prevent noncitizen voting are working as intended — it is extraordinarily rare for noncitizens to break the law by voting in Federal elections. [Emphasis added]

Instead, the Biden Administration says Congress ought to pass the Freedom to Vote Act which would restore voting rights to millions of felons who are no longer serving their prison sentences. The bill would also usher in nationwide mail-in voting as well as nationwide automatic voter registration.

As reported, House Democrats are whipping up votes against the SAVE Act — putting vulnerable swing district electeds in a tough spot just months ahead of the November election.

Requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to vote is a hugely popular issue with Americans.

USA Today poll from 2022 found that 65 percent of Americans support requiring proof of citizenship to vote, including 48 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of swing voters, and 88 percent of Republicans. ✪




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