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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Just When You Think There’s Nothing Left That Can Outrage You

There’s this:  Department of Justice has barred Georgia from requiring proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.

Below are portions of the statement issued by Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel following the U.S. Department of Justice’s denial of preclearance of Georgia’s voter verification process.

“The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification process shows a shocking disregard for the integrity of our elections. With this decision, DOJ has now barred Georgia from continuing the citizenship verification program that DOJ lawyers helped to craft. DOJ’s decision also nullifies the orders of two federal courts directing Georgia to implement the procedure for the 2008 general election. The decision comes seven months after Georgia requested an expedited review of the preclearance submission.

“DOJ has thrown open the door for activist organizations such as ACORN to register non-citizens to vote in Georgia’s elections, and the state has no ability to verify an applicant’s citizenship status or whether the individual even exists. DOJ completely disregarded Georgia’s obvious and direct interest in preventing non-citizens from voting, instead siding with the ACLU and MALDEF. Clearly, politics took priority over common sense and good public policy.

“This process is critical to protecting the integrity of our elections. We have evidence that non-citizens have voted in past Georgia elections and that more than 2,100 individuals have attempted to register, yet still have questions regarding their citizenship. Further, the Inspector General’s office is investigating more than 30 cases of non-citizens casting ballots in Georgia elections, including the case of a Henry County non-citizen who registered to vote and cast ballots in 2004 and 2006.


Somehow the DOJ has determined this practice to be discriminatory. How arcane to discriminate against non-citizens in the voting booth. The good news is that Georgia’s ACORN contingent probably won’t have to resort to employing Black Panther thugs to intimidate voters as they do elsewhere.

I suppose this means we’ll no longer need to prove citizenship to get a passport or a social security number. Remind me again, what benefits does US citizenship grant? Oh yeah, the right to bear taxes.

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