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Week of: July 15, 2001

Motor Voter Law Encourages Fraud

by F.R. Duplantier

"The right to vote is not a trinket for politicians to give away to strangers who have no love or loyalty to America."

"Did noncitizens, voting last November, influence the outcome of the last election?" asks Edward Nelson of United States Border Control. "With hundreds of thousands of noncitizens, including illegal aliens, voting throughout the country, there is no question about it," he asserts. "The election or defeat of candidates for Congress, the U.S. Senate, governors, mayors, city councilmen, and, yes, even the President of the United States was influenced dramatically by noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections!"

Nelson charges that "the National Voter Registration Act, more commonly known as the Motor-Voter law, has been a primary vehicle for massive voter fraud in the United States. Under the Motor-Voter law, anyone applying for a driver's license is asked if he would also like to register to vote. And, under the Clinton Administration, the U.S. Office of Civil Rights sent out directives to every state motor vehicle agency warning employees not to ask applicants if they were U.S. citizens, because this would be a violation of their civil rights."

Nelson estimates that "tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of noncitizens . . . have been invited to register to vote as they apply for their driver's licenses! Armed with a driver's license and a voter registration card," he emphasizes, "illegal aliens have all they need to fake U.S. citizenship or to take a job away from an American citizen. Of course, these same two pieces of identification also open the golden door to welfare, free medical attention, free public housing, food stamps -- the entire cornucopia of federal benefits. . . ."

Nelson recommends repeal of the National Voter Registration Act, arguing that "any American citizen who wants to register to vote will certainly be able to do so after Motor-Voter is repealed." He and his group, U.S. Border Control, are "not opposed to controlled legal immigration in quantities that benefit the country. We continue to believe that immigration is healthy for America, that it brings new vitality and ideas to our nation, but," Nelson warns, "uncontrolled immigration is changing the face of our nation to a point where, in some parts of the country, Americans are already beginning to feel like strangers in their own land."

Extending the franchise and increasing voter turnout seem like such sensible, laudable goals -- until we stop to think about them, which almost none of us ever do. After all, what do we really want: more voters, or better voters? Yes, it might be possible to have both -- more and better voters -- but, honestly, is that what we're getting? If, in fact, the electorate is becoming ever more ignorant and irresponsible, shouldn't we consider reversing the trend that brought us to this pass? Shouldn't we strive instead to discourage undesirables from casting a ballot? Why not require all would-be voters to demonstrate their understanding of the unique aspects of our political and economic systems? Why not make registration a bit of a challenge, thereby favoring citizens who are conscientious and motivated? Why keep going in the wrong direction?


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