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The right to vote is an important one and not one given to everyone. In the United States voting is restricted to those of the age of 18 or over. Convicted felons lose their right to vote.
Due to voter fraud, currently many states, including Arizona and Georgia, are requiring voters to provide identification before being allowed to vote. This ensures only those eligible are allowed to vote, as well as preventing one person to vote in place of another.
The US House of Representatives passed a bill to require identification to vote nationwide by 2008, as well as provide funding to those who cannot afford identification to easily obtain identification for free, although most states already offer a picture identification card for a modest sum.
Republicans said the measure would encourage more Americans to vote because they would know that only those legally entitled would vote and that their vote would not be canceled out by a non-citizen's ballot.
Those opposed to these measures, mostly members of the Democrat party, are labeling the bill racist, even though there is nothing preventing anyone of any specific race from voting.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said there was little evidence anywhere in the country of a problem with noncitizens voting, despite evidence of illegal immigrants votingTemplate:Cite news and the fact that the state of California issues drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, allowing them to register to vote at the same time.
A state judge recently ruled that Georgia’s voter identification law violates the state’s constitution. The Georgia law requires citizens to present official photo identification, such as a driver’s license, to vote.
Similar laws in other states, including one in Ohio that requires naturalized citizens to show proof of citizenship, also face court challenges.
Illegal aliens allowed to vote Edit
In Montgomery County, Md., six cities (Garrett Park, Takoma Park, Somerset, Chevy Chase, Martin's Additions, and Barnesville) allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections. So do Amherst and Cambridge, Mass. A similar policy was proposed in 2004 by Democrats in San Francisco.