It has been reported that San Fransisco has officially declared that non-U.S. citizens can vote in elections, and in just a matter of days, illegal immigrants can begin voting.
This will go down in history as the very first election in the United States under this new law which allows non-United States citizens to vote on election day, as reported by the Associated Press.
Those in support of the new legislation claimed that because children of these non-United States citizens are currently enrolled in U.S. schools, they have the right to vote.
“As a parent myself and a former member of the SF Board of Education it is critical that the voices of all parents are at the table particularly those that have historically been denied a voice in the process,” stated Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer of District 1, as reported by the New York Post.
Some claimed that non-citizens have been stopped from having a voice due to the current political climate.
“We’re in an unprecedented arena of animosity toward our immigrant community, and that has really stopped people from voting,” she stated.
A lawyer and Republican National Committee member named Harmeet Dhillon explained that this new law is simply wrong.
She stated, “Voting is a sacred privilege and a sacred right of citizens. It should not be trivialized for political gain.”
In a Fox News Op-Ed piece written by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, it was explained that the new San Fransisco law is all a part of a liberal political tactic.
“…the long-range plans Democrats have for a ruling majority depend on continuous law-breaking to get enough non-Americans to vote. The Californians who don’t support the radical views of Democrats can simply be eclipsed by non-citizen voters supporting the Democrats,” he stated.
Gingrich explained that Congress should be bringing the issue to light.
“A sound immediate step would be for Congress to pass a law reaffirming that you must be an American citizen to vote in all American elections. Let’s see how many Democrats would oppose this simple requirement,” he penned.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation has found that, legal or not, non-citizens are registering in states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia.
The group found that in Virginia, about 5,600 voters on the rolls were not citizens, and that a third had voted in past elections.
“Our voter registration system masks non-citizens and allows the opportunity to vote until they decide to self-report at their own peril. All of this could have been prevented if states actually verified citizen eligibility upfront,” stated Logan Churchwell, the foundation’s Communications and Research Director.
The controversy surrounding voter rolls has grown rapidly. Western Journal explains that “Late last year, the conservative activist group Judicial Watch sued California because 11 counties in the state had voter registration percentages greater than 100 percent of the ‘age-eligible’ population, according to a news release from the group.”
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch’s President, Tom Fitton, explained, “California may have the dirtiest election rolls in the country. Federal law requires states to take reasonable steps to clean up their voting rolls. Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections. This lawsuit aims to ensure that citizens of California can have more confidence that their elections are fair and honest.”
Just to be clear, the new law lets non citizens vote in local elections, not Congressional or Presidential elections. I guess we will see how long that lasts for.