Monday, June 17, 2013

Papers, Please – Unless You’re Voting

Kimberly Paxton
Activist Post

In an effort to prevent voter registration from being “burdensome”, (especially for non-citizens that wish to chime in) the Supreme Court has ruled that people don’t have to prove their citizenship to be eligible to vote.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. 
The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal “Motor Voter” voter registration law. 
Federal law “precludes Arizona from requiring a federal form applicant to submit information beyond that required by the form itself,” Justice Antonia Scalia wrote for the court’s majority. (source)
All a prospective voter has to do in order to register is to sign a form saying that they are an American citizen. Then they are officially eligible to vote. No proof is required because, according to some, that might make it too difficult for people to register to vote, particularly minorities.

Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, led the charge to the Supreme Court. "Today’s decision sends a strong message that states cannot block their citizens from registering to vote by superimposing burdensome paperwork requirements on top of federal law."

The argument began in Arizona, where illegal immigration is a hot-button issue. Officials in the state had passed a law requiring proof of citizenship and identification, such as an Arizona driver’s license issued after 1996, a U.S. birth certificate, a passport or other similar document, before voting.

Adversaries disagreed, stating that the law unfairly targeted groups like minorities, immigrants and the elderly:
Opponents of Arizona’s law see it as an attack on vulnerable voter groups such as minorities, immigrants and the elderly. They say they’ve counted more than 31,000 potentially legal voters in Arizona who easily could have registered before Proposition 200 but were blocked initially by the law in the 20 months after it passed in 2004. They say about 20 percent of those thwarted were Latino. 
Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, called the decision a victory. “The court has reaffirmed the essential American right to register to vote for federal election without the burdens of state voter suppression measures,” she said. (source)
The laws in this country say that you have to be an American citizen in order to vote. Apparently, all you need to prove that you are a citizen is your word. You need identification to borrow money, to cash a check, to buy cigarettes or alcohol, and to send your child to school. You have to prove who you are to drive a car, travel outside the country, or to use your credit card. But to cast your vote on matters of national importance, they’ll just take your word for it that you are who you say you are.

The voting system was already limping along, injured from accusations of fraudulent elections, media influence, and vote-fixing. Now, it is well and truly crippled. The right to vote in America means absolutely nothing.

Kimberly Paxton, a staff writer for the Daily Sheeple, where this article first appeared, is based out of upstate New York.


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Anonymous said...

this ruling just proves that this government is not of the people -- people that are citizens that is - these fucks on the "supreme" court are just as invalid as the kenyan usuper in the black house - ignore these leeches and don't vote, it just encourages their psycho behavior

Casey said...

The only voter fraud that exists is on the Republican side, so this article has no logic or merit.

Anonymous said...

The Republican/GOP Party-of-No is NOTORIOUS for their attempts to thwart the rights of legitimate voting factions, ie, the elderly, minorities, the poor and impoverished, to name a few, and NO AMOUNT of Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorist NUTBAG Chest-Pounding can alter the truth of that WHOLLY CRIMINAL activity. ULTIMATELY, SCOTUS ruled CORRECTLY, in favor of FREE and FAIR elections. You know, that little part of America our Founding Fathers made part of that document called The CONSTITUTION. Perhaps you should read it some time and educate yourself on what America is REALLY about. And, BTW, ANYONE who even touches upon the 'birther' issue claiming it to be in any way legitimate needs psychological counseling and perhaps a few medications. Your Aunt Mom and Uncle Dad must surely be proud ~ ~ ~ Now run along and see if you can round up your sister for a little 'Let's Play Doctor' time ~ ~ ~

Anonymous said...

I have just lost the last glimmer of hope for this nation. To set and read on an alternative news site in this day and age, and still have a person debating the "birther" issue, and believing it to be all made up.... unbelievable. "They" are doing and have done far worse things than this and people just will not listen and look at the "FACTUAL EVIDENCE". Above could be a possible troll, but I am sick of this. It solves nothing to continue to post rebuttals on this and other sights, to totally ignorant commentors.

Anonymous said...

Agree, with 5:45. The post above you takes the cake.

The government has deliberately destroyed the citizens' right to vote. Now they've even advertised to the estimated 11 million that all they have to do is check the box. Prior, I imagine some would have been afraid to do so thinking they could be prosecuted. Obviously that isn't going to happen. The elections are already at the point that I suspect Bozo the Clown will rule the next 8 years, but it's sad that government works so diligently to destroy government of, by and for the people.

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