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|6/20: Terrible immigrant voting bill (HR 4844 FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006)
Released 25 June 2006  By Ron Hayduk - www.immigrantvoting.org
terrible immigrant voting bill
Greetings immigrant rights and democracy advocates,
The House Administration Committee is holding a hearing this thurs in DC on
HR 4844, introduced by Rep. Henry Hyde. The bill would require proof of
citizenship for voter registration and photo identification in order to
vote. If adopted, the bill would go into effect for this November's
elections. See attached.
The civil rights community is asking that letters be sent to the Committee
in advance of Thursday's meeting objecting to Hyde's bill. Tips re letters:
They should be to the committee (addressed to Chairman Vernon Ehlers and
Ranking Member Juanita Millender-McDonald)
The letter should be in opposition to the Hyde bill (HR 4844; The Federal
Election Integrity Act of 2006)
The focus of the letter should be about how non-citizen voting isn't a
problem, what the real problems with election are, and the importance of
fixing those problems.
He also asked for some discussion on the lack of the type of fraud that ID
will prevent (ineligible voters posing as eligible voters at the polling
Please do whatever you can to stop this terrible bill from being enacted.
Below is a memo regarding Henry Hyde's bill
FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT OF 2006
Preserve and Protect Fair Elections
The U.S. Constitution requires that only US. citizens shall have the right to vote in Federal elections. Unfortunately, States have made it easy for ineligible persons to register to vote. Since voter registration forms require only an attestation of citizenship, no proof of citizenship is required.
There are many forms of voter fraud, including spoiled ballots, illegitimate voters (both deadand alive), ballot boxes found after votes have been counted, ballot boxes
never found and illegal aliens voting. Voting fraud is legendary in many cities.
I have a bill -- H.R. 4844, the Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006 -- that would help guard against voter fraud. It would amend P.L. 103-3 1 (the "Motor-Voter" bill) to
require States to demand proof of citizenship for voter registration-registration for Federal elections. My bill would also require current official photo I.D. when both registering voting.
No State would be exempt from these requirements. States that allow citizens to register to vote at the polls would be required to demand proof of citizenship when
voting. States that do not require voter registration at all would still be required to ask for proof of citizenship and current legal photo I.D. at the polls.
Last year I polled my district to see if voters are willing to produce proof of citizenship when registering and a current legal photo I.D. when voting. My constituents overwhelmingly supported legislation with these simple requirements. I think the country overwhelmingly supports fair and legal elections.
Our voting rights were won by Americans who were willing to lay down their lives for the freedom to elect our representatives, and it is our duty to safeguard that freedom. If we do not, our elections will become meaningless.
Please be a freedom fighter and join me in cosponsoring H.R. 4844. I invite you to contact Frank Cotter at 5-4561 to sign onto this important legislation.
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