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Georgia Moves to Block Noncitizen Voting in State Constitution

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2023
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Georgia’s top election official is pointing to the Biden administration’s failure to secure the southern border as a reason the state Legislature must act to prevent voting by foreign nationals in state elections. 

“With open borders, citizenship verification for voter registration is more important than ever,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said Monday in a public statement. 

Raffensperger called on the Georgia General Assembly to amend the state Constitution to clarify that only U.S. citizens may vote in elections. He warned that liberal organizations are trying to use the courts to overturn citizenship verification ahead of the 2024 election.

“Organizations like the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda are currently suing to end critical citizenship verification in our registration process, potentially exposing our elections to foreign interference and diluting the power of legally registered voters,” Raffensperger said. “I’m calling on the General Assembly to take immediate action and pass a constitutional amendment ensuring that no liberal group can leverage the courts to add noncitizens to our voter rolls.”

 

The Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda didn’t respond immediately to inquiries from The Daily Signal for this report. But the organization’s website boasts about the success of past litigation over voting requirements. 

“In the area of voter protection, lawsuits were won against the secretary of state [Raffensperger] for unilaterally eliminating voters from the rolls and discarding absentee ballots where signatures did not exactly match,” the coalition’s website says. “Efforts to reduce early voting periods have been thwarted while the coalition has effectively petitioned election boards in order to prevent the closure of polling locations.”

As noted in my book “The Myth of Voter Suppression,” Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams launched a national movement and career off her two failed campaigns for governor, claiming without evidence that the first election was stolen from her. Her organization, Fair Fight Action, has opposed voter ID and citizenship verification measures nationally. 

“Failed candidates like Stacey Abrams and the organization she founded, Fair Fight, have fought in court to eliminate citizenship verification for Georgia voters and they continue to fail in court,” Raffensperger said. 

Georgia has a score of 84 on The Heritage Foundation’s Election Integrity Scorecard, ranking second in the nation behind only Tennessee’s score of 88. 

About 8 in 10 Georgia voters apply for registration automatically when they get or update their driver’s license, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. The Georgia Department of Driver Services, which is Real ID-certified, verifies citizenship status. 

Raffensperger’s office worked with the Department of Driver Services to conduct a full citizenship audit of Georgia’s voter rolls.

Other states have enacted measures in recent years to protect against noncitizens voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

An Arizona law passed in 2022 requires jury lists to be shared with clerks to remove from voting rolls any individuals who were dismissed from a jury for not meeting citizenship requirements. It also requires county election registrars to review state, federal, and local databases against their own voter registration databases.

Even liberal Washington state passed a measure earlier this year to require proof of citizenship to participate in automatic voter registration. It also requires the state’s Department of Licensing to provide citizenship documents when asked by the secretary of state.

Mississippi enacted a measure in 2022 that requires voter registration applications to be compared with driver’s license and identification information held by the state’s Department of Public Safety. 

If a comparison reveals that an applicant who wants to register to vote isn’t a U.S. citizen, Mississippi’s Statewide Election Management system notifies the local registrar. That registrar then must enter the applicant’s information into U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and notify the person, who has 30 days to provide proof of citizenship.

In 2021, Texas enacted an election reform law that, among other things, requires the secretary of state to compare monthly voter registration lists with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s database to verify the accuracy of citizenship status provided on voter registration applications. 

The states of North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, and Oklahoma already had similar requirements on the books. 

Fred Lucas is chief news correspondent and manager of the Investigative Reporting Project for The Daily Signal. Lucas is also the author of “The Myth of Voter Suppression: The Left’s Assault on Clean Elections.”

Reprinted with Permission from The Daily Signal – By Fred Lucas

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Dan W.
Dan W.
4 months ago

Georgia law already prohibits non-citizens from voting in statewide and state house and state senate elections.

This article isn’t clear but perhaps the intent of the proposed amendment is also to ban cities from allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections as well ?

Brenda
Brenda
4 months ago

Very necessary. If a person is not a legal citizen, no rights to vote.

John Klecha
John Klecha
4 months ago

In Michigan cheating is encouraged and any questions are litigated. Another reason to move to a red state.

Cindy
Cindy
4 months ago

Fantastic! Thank you, Georgia Legislators, for standing up for what is right.

jimm
jimm
4 months ago

Voting is a priveldge reserved for citizens. People on vacation should not be allowed to vote. Criminals who stormed the border should not be allowed to vote. People passing through should not be allowed to vote. Why is this not common sense?

Jerry_M_Tx
Jerry_M_Tx
4 months ago

Finally!! Someone is doing something right. We’ll see if they actually get it right.

JB
JB
4 months ago

As it should be.

BRBEGRL
BRBEGRL
4 months ago

Each state needs to follow suit to secure fair elections

Blue State resident
Blue State resident
4 months ago

Minnesota has to be among the worst for voter verification.

Ty
Ty
4 months ago

I think the Democrates have seen these states moving to secure citizen verified voting so, they are switching to buying votes. Lately Biden has been offering tax payer money to non government organizations across the country, and diverting funds from any available pocket. Bidens cabinet dosen’t seem to care about why the money was set aside, they are using the funds to buy votes. However, this may backfire because people are now watching and asking questions. People’s pocket money isn’t worth what it was three years ago and inflation is over 30% in the past three years making necessities harder to buy. Both of these Bidenomics points are being reviewed everyday and the lie is obivious. This government under the Biden leadership is a total failure. Our nation is politically further apart than anytime since the 1960’s, when young Americans were fighting and dieing in a no win war invented by the Democrates.

Darrell
Darrell
4 months ago

There should be police or other officials checking i.d.’s around all polling places before they can walk in. After capturing, chip them with electronic tracking devices, then they stay on the bus, next stop sanctuary cities or Mexico.

Lisa
Lisa
4 months ago

That is really funny considering Raffensperger will not fix the voting machines! Thus, Rhino cheating in Ga is alive and well!!!

Wesley Wright
Wesley Wright
4 months ago

I think there needs to be a federal law ,prohibiting noncitizens from voting. That’s one reason why we need a federal law to stop any state from allowing noncitizens the right to vote just like naturalized citizens the way of swaying an election one way or the other .

Angel
Angel
4 months ago

None

David Millikan
David Millikan
4 months ago

Excellent article. It should be in every States Constitution that Illegal Aliens are not allowed to vote in any kind of election or to be appointed to any official office. It should be in the U.S. Constitution as well.
Why do you think Dictator Beijing biden is letting in millions upon millions of Illegal Alien Terrorist so they can vote Illegally. It’s called Election Fraud, Election Interference, Cheating, and Rigging Elections Illegally.

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