Law Politics

Judge Rules – You Need Proof of Citizenship to Vote

Don’t you think a voter should be a citizen of the United States?

One would think that the very basic requirement for voting in an election is to be a member of the body or group that is holding the election. You cannot vote for leadership in your church unless you are a member of that congregation. You cannot vote to elect officials in your labor union unless you are a card-carrying member of that union. Then shouldn’t you be required to be a citizen of the United States to vote in its elections? The answer is not quite as simple as it may sound.

In my home state of Tennessee, as an example, in order to vote you are required to be a citizen of the United States,18 years of age or older on or before the date of the next election, and a resident of the State. The office of the Secretary of State even publishes a Guideline for Determining Residency. State voting requirements are then similarly applied to federal elections.

But in order to participate in an election of public officials, you must be “registered” to vote. And there the citizenship requirement gets a bit fuzzy.

In the sweep of public sentiment that surrounded the civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties, came the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Its purpose was to make the voting process as easy as possible. As a result, voter registration can now be accomplished in person at any of the following locations:

  • County Clerk’s Offices
  • County Election Commission Offices
  • Public Libraries
  • Register of Deeds Offices

Read More at Freedom Outpost…

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About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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