Recently on the evening news, Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo (D-13) railed against a recent federal court ruling affirming Arizona’s power to demand proof of citizenship of voters, saying that this would “suppress the vote of college students and the elderly.”
Well, phooey! It will suppress the vote of people who aren’t citizens and have no legal right to vote. Why does Senator Gallardo have a problem with that?
If college students and the elderly have their act together enough to understand the issues and want to vote, they have their act together enough to know how to prove their citizenship. Even without proof of citizenship, prospective voters have to state under penalty of perjury they are Arizona citizens. I wonder if Senator Gallardo would rather the state spend hundreds of thousands of dollars prosecuting illegal aliens, convicted felons, and foreign tourists for perjury?
It seems to me that anyone who thinks voting laws should have no regard for citizenship is afraid their party will lose if the system restricts voting rights to citizens only.
Donald L. Cline