Only Citizens Should Vote

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Editor:

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

Comments

Mel Mevis 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Mr Cline the majority of confirmed voter fraud is committed by snow birds trying to vote in two states. This is nothing more that a solution looking for a problem that results in making it harder for true citizens to vote. LOL

Personally I feel all Citizens of the United States should be REQUIRED to vote. If they don't they pay a penalty. This would solve the problem of a few radicals running the goverment.

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Donald Cline 4 months, 4 weeks ago

They were doing that in Australia when I lived there. The result was what they called "The Donkey Vote," which consisted of scribbling all over the ballot and dropping it in the box just to avoid the A$10 penalty for not voting.

To the contrary, the solution is not to require everyone to vote. The solution is to allow to vote only those who can prove they are eligible to vote. And an improvement -- a BIG improvement -- would be to prohibit anyone from voting who is receiving government welfare in any form. (That does not include Social Security, which is a Ponzi scheme and should be abolished immediately with all monies paid in returned to those who paid it in, plus interest.)

By prohibiting anyone receiving government welfare from voting, we remove the incentive of politicians to buy votes by promising to rob Peter to pay Paul. As Margaret Thatcher said, "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”

The purpose of the Marxist Mafia spending our nation into oblivion is that the more debt a nation owes, the more poor people it has to feed, and when poor people depend on government for their sustenance, they don't fight back when government ignores their individual rights with extreme prejudice. We are in the precipitous stages of government insurrection against the founding principles of our government. We need to stop it.

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Ted Paulk 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Right again Dandy Donnie, King of the teabaggers!! Let's stop all the minorities, poor, and of course don't forget, women from voting. We should only allow teabaggers to vote since they know these "facts": there is no such thing as global warming, Mexicans are lazy, Blacks are thugs, and the rest of the mantra the teabaggers continue to propagate including raising the minimum wage will ruin America...forward on into the 16th century!!! Oh and don't forget to mention over and over and over how the "Failed Obamacare" is killing jobs and destroying the rich...yawn, yawn, yawn. Your greatest admirer, Teddy:)

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Carl Allison 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm less worried about the eligibility of the voters than the eligibility of those they vote for.

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Ted Paulk 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh by the way, the right wing nuts who keep screaming about your 1st and 2nd Amendment rights being trampled (which they are not)...please read on down the list: 15th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, and 26th amendments are also important to keep the elitists such as Donald from taking over the country...but these right to vote amendments just don't fit the teabagger agenda now do they?
Enjoy...Ted.

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Kim Chittick 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh dear Teddy, did you run out of meds again?? You have been sort of behaving for a while! Guess it was too good to be true.

So, please enlighten me as to how requiring proof of citizenship would disenfranchise anybody who is legally eligible to vote. And why single out college students and the elderly?

Mr. Cline makes an extremely valid point regarding persons who are receiving welfare not being eligible to vote. After all, that is rather a conflict of interest, is it not?

Oh, and Teddy? Perhaps if you were to address the facts, clearly, succinctly and without all of the rhetoric, you might get some attention, as well as respect.

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