Federal judge: Yes, Arizona and Kansas can require voters to prove their citizenship

posted at 8:01 pm on March 19, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Under the oh so august leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama administration has been doing their very best to thwart various states in their individual endeavors to implement voter ID laws. In this latest iteration of that ongoing battle, the Federal Election Assistance Commission has so far refused to help state officials in Kansas and Arizona change federal election registration forms to include proof of citizenship. Both states have new voter-ID measures measures that require new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport, or other documentation to prove their citizenship, while the federal registration form only requires that new voters sign a statement declaring that they are citizens. On Wednesday, a federal judge basically told the Obama administration to stop deliberately getting in the states’ way on this one, via the LA Times:

A federal judge has ruled that Kansas and Arizona should be allowed to require voters to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship, in a case closely watched by both sides dealing with the question of voter eligibility.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kan., ruled that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission had no legal authority to deny requests from the two states to add the citizenship requirement. In the ruling, released Wednesday, he ordered the commission to revise the national form immediately. …

“This is a huge victory for the states of Kansas and Arizona,” Kobach said in a prepared statement emailed to reporters. “They have successfully protected our sovereign right to set and enforce the qualifications for registering to vote. We have now paved the way for all 50 states to protect their voter rolls and ensure that only U.S. citizens can vote.”

“Today’s decision is an important victory for the people of Arizona against the Obama administration, assuring that only Arizona residents and not illegals vote in Arizona elections,” Arizona Atty. Gen. Tom Horne said in a statement.

“Only Arizona residents and not illegals”? Well, that of course is just ridiculous, because as we know perfectly well by now — we know, because progressives continuously tell us so — voter fraud is absolutely not a real thing. Voter-ID laws are just vacuous excuses made up by Republicans in order to maliciously disenfranchise minority voters. “Proof of citizenship” requirement? Ha! I mean, can you say “racist dog whistle”? …Via Guy Benson:


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Wow – am I reading this correctly? A Federal Judge? Light the way.

jake-the-goose on March 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Who are these people who just can’t get valid ID’s but want to vote?

myiq2xu on March 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Do they have the balls to audit a federal judge?

Oh Hell yeah.

novaculus on March 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Fraud!?

Ain’t nobody do no fraudin’!

rvastar on March 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Dear Mr. Eric Holder,

FOAD

Sincerely,

Me.

rottenrobbie on March 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Illegal Aliens, Non-Citizens Caught Voting In Florida In Large Numbers

One Naples voter admitted she was an illegal alien – but election records show she voted six times in the past eleven years.

Investigators found the voter after examining “jury excusal” forms where a person said they couldn’t serve because they were not U.S. Citizens. They took those names and found dozens of those people in the database of Florida registered voters.

Since investigators only checked a very small sample of jury forms, one can only imagine how many thousands, or tens of thousands of illegals statewide who may have voted since the Motor Voter law was passed in 1993. Non-citizen voting is a Federal felony:

“This is under oath, that document, they are attesting that it is true and by falsifying, it’s a third degree felony,” said Tim Durham, Collier County’s deputy chief election supervisor.

The investigation revealed county supervisors of elections have no way to verify citizenship and are not required to ask for proof.

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

But I thought voter fraud didn’t exist, or something?

Same with Fast & Furious.

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Can ? They all should be REQUIRED. WTF?

CW on March 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I just wish all the conservatives would make a pact that they’ll agree to come out and vote for the Republican no matter who it is just so we can watch Eric Holder go to prison. I’m sure there would be others but he’s the main prize. Hillary would be a close second.

Brian Terry’s family at least deserves that.

UnstChem on March 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

One Naples voter admitted she was an illegal alien – but election records show she voted six times in the past eleven years.

Big surprise./

I am willing to bet that in areas like Columbus Ohio and Minnesota that there were a fair amount of Somalis voting the last two Presidential elections that were not citizens.

CW on March 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I found this Drudge headline to be a sad commentary on what is happening to the great Nation.

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Judge Eric F. Melgren. Nominated to the District Court by President George W. Bush 23 July 2008. Need we say any more?

RedPepper on March 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Illegal Aliens, Non-Citizens Caught Voting In Florida In Large Numbers

Resist We Much on March 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Disgusting. And yet it is claimed by opponents of voter ID laws that widespread fraud is nonexistent.

bluegill on March 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

From linked thread.

“When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity,” says Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18, “it sends the message that the child is not wanted: ‘We don’t want your color. We don’t want your kind.’ They then tend to drop out early.”

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Remember most on the left don’t even want ID laws much less proving citizenship.

CW on March 19, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Second article on Wichita and/or Kansas in less than a hour. My hometown/state is getting a lot of attention from the fine ladies here. I’ll buy you girls a beer if your ever out this way. Cheers!

Corporal Tunnel on March 19, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Regarding the illegal florida voters. This question screams out to me:

What political party were they registered as ??

Because if they didn’t register to vote, someone else registered them and voted as them.

kurtzz3 on March 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

This is one of those “duh” moments for me. I fail to understand the logic that says minorities, per se, don’t have identification. I just returned from a visit to a new doctor (thanks, Obama, for separating me from my doctor of 15 years) and was routinely asked for my insurance card and photo ID. There were a number of nationalities represented in the waiting room. Were the Caucasian patients the only ones with identification?

The assumption that “minority” voters are those without any identification is such a liberal condescension (uh, translated racist) that it’s astounding. But, they don’t get it. The argument by Attorney General Eric Water Carrier (for his bro, Barack) that voter id requirements automatically suppress minority — and only minority — voting is, essentially, an official governmental position that minorities are dumber than the rest of the population and unable to get out of the rain or to get a driver’s license or ID card.

To paraphrase a song, they’re looking for racism in all the wrong places. Try the mirror.

IndieDogg on March 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Thats a good sign for freedom in the US. At least it will be harder for illegal aliens to counter my legal vote with their illegal vote.

TX-96 on March 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

The judge is, obviously, raaaacist! As an aside, I’m a Conservative from Texas, so does that make me an illegal alien in the eyes of this administration?

vnvet on March 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Any word from Holder about investigating those mostly black PA politicians that were given bribes on camera to vote against voter ID laws in that commonwealth?

Yeah I didn’t think so. Being black is a get out jail free card right now. And they are using it like they are shopping at a Louisiana Wal-mart when the EBT system is down.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Nelson Mandela agrees.

LaughterJones on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I see a federal judge with an IRS audit in his future.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I recommend that Judge Melgren avoid visiting Fort Marcy Park for a while, and get a good tax attorney on speed dial.

Missilengr on March 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

RedPepper on March 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

And confirmed by the Reid Senate.
Harry’s got some splainin’ to do.

Another Drew on March 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

OT – check out the post on Twitchy re David Axe the condescending @$$hat

22044 on March 19, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Bmore on March 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

I like that one a lot!

KCB on March 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

First of all, why aren’t the Republicans forcing this issue. They should be attacking the Democrats and telling their voters that their votes can be nullified by people not qualified to vote. I’ve had the feeling, for quite a while now, the 2012 election was stolen. There had to be a reason Holder was out there fighting voter I.D. laws in certain states like Pennsylvania. You can’t steal a landslide, but you can make a close election go your way and my gut tells me that’s just what they did.

Holder will probably stop, right after the 2014 election, fighting all these laws. Let’s face it, Obama won’t need them any more.

bflat879 on March 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Thank God, a judge with some common sense. One who didn’t buy that requiring someone to produce a card is racist.

oldennis on March 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Holder is the most corrupt Attorney General since the Harding Administration.

oldennis on March 19, 2014 at 8:47 PM

This too: PA Democrats Took Bribes to Oppose Voter ID: Where Is Holder?

slickwillie2001 on March 19, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Court order?

They still won’t comply. What’s the enforcement mechanism? A peice of paper?

wolly4321 on March 19, 2014 at 8:56 PM

How pissed is Holder? Will he acknowledge it?

ctmom on March 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

…how long before that decision is thrown out…by a higher court?

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

how long before that decision is thrown out…by a higher court? KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Getting it thrown out isn’t even neccessary. They just ignore it for the next two elections..

But yea,, it will get another Court.

wolly4321 on March 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Nelson Mandela agrees.
http://dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/nelson-mandela-voter-id-getty-images-e1386713746246.jpg
LaughterJones on March 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Ha! That picture should be posted whenever anyone brings up the ridiculous accusation that voter ID laws are “raaaacist.”

bluegill on March 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

This will not stand! You want them to actually enforce a law?

RovesChins on March 19, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Another voter ID decision went the other way, with assistance from the ACLU

“The type of problem that is addressed by voter ID laws is virtually nonexistent, which does raise the question of why they are passing these laws,” Witold Walczak, legal director of the A.C.L.U. of Pennsylvania, said after Friday’s ruling. “And the answer is that it is a voter suppression tool.”

Then again, the ACLU’s interpretation of the Constitutional rights leaves something to be desired on this issue

The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every “person” and are not limited to citizens.

lineholder on March 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Finally! This is good news.

John the Libertarian on March 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Wow – am I reading this correctly? A Federal Judge? Light the way.

jake-the-goose on March 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

But he’s a George W. Bush appointee, so Holder doesn’t have to abide by the ruling.

dverplank on March 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Common sense prevails.

FloatingRock on March 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

bflat879 on March 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Yes. To everything you said.

ncinca on March 20, 2014 at 1:28 AM

…we know, because progressives continuously tell us so — voter fraud is absolutely not a real thing.

Like the Senator Al Franken D-MN election that was, in my opinion, obviously full of fraud, it’s not voter fraud when it’s your closets and car trunks that are full of created “found” ballots for your favorite Democrat candidate.

RJL on March 20, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Who are these people who just can’t get valid ID’s but want to vote?

myiq2xu on March 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

.
Democrat voters in Pennsylvania (especially Philadelphia).

listens2glenn on March 20, 2014 at 3:40 AM

This is one of those “duh” moments for me. I fail to understand the logic that says minorities, per se, don’t have identification. I just returned from a visit to a new doctor (thanks, Obama, for separating me from my doctor of 15 years) and was routinely asked for my insurance card and photo ID. There were a number of nationalities represented in the waiting room. Were the Caucasian patients the only ones with identification?

…..
IndieDogg on March 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

You do have to wonder what the Left is going to do when all those new ObamaCare/MEDICAID patients are going to be required to show Photo ID/MEDICAID cards every time they go to the doctor/hospital.

Can we accuse BO of being racist because he’s made a system that requires identification?

katiejane on March 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Why should voters have to show proof of citizenship when the candidates dont? Obviously racist…

AverageJoe on March 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Federal judge: Yes, Arizona and Kansas can require voters to prove their citizenship

…just like it says in the Constitution!!!

Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution points directly to state qualification rules to determine voter eligibility.

Besides, these voters need the practice: you can’t sign up for Medicare or Social Security benefits without your birth certificate and/or other proof of citizenship.

It turns out that the feds have been requiring this proof for decades…yet somehow they don’t get called “mean old racists” like the state officials do for requiring the exact same thing! So the states which require proof of citizenship are actually doing prospective voters a favor by requiring them to get their papers in order now.

landlines on March 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM