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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Victory for Honest Elections

A federal court in Kansas just rendered a much-needed decision against the federal government's interference with state efforts to combat voter fraud. Kansas and Arizona won total judicial support for their laws to stop voter registration by illegal aliens and other non-citizens, and the court ordered a federal agency to revise its forms "immediately." It's not every day that federal bureaucrats are told to submit to state law. Big-government liberals have been in disbelief ever since this ruling was issued. It upheld the power of the states to require the federal Election Assistance Commission to include proof-of-citizenship requirements on voter registration forms pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 .

Kansas and Arizona had enacted laws requiring real proof-of-citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport, in order to register to vote. Until now, the federal voter registration form required only a mere signature to affirm citizenship, without showing any document or real proof. Illegal aliens break the law to enter this country, so it is obviously naive to pretend that they would never lie in signing a form. Moreover, legal aliens who are here on green cards or temporary visas have not sworn their loyalty to the United States, nor have they surrendered the citizenship of their country of origin.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is the author of this helpful law, explained to the Associated Press, "This is a really big victory, not just for Kansas and Arizona but for all 50 states." Alabama immediately moved forward with its own law against illegal voter registration, and the other 47 states can now do likewise.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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