Democrats Dodge Question on Federal Voting: Citizenship Requirement Ignored

Joaquin Corbalan P /
Joaquin Corbalan P /

During a recent Senate Judiciary Hearing on the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the lack of clarity from Democrat witnesses was astonishing. Not a single one could muster a straightforward “yes” when asked if only U.S. citizens should be allowed to vote in federal elections. Is this really where we’re at?

Let’s break it down. On one side, we had Damon T. Hewitt, Lydia Camarillo, and Sophia Lin Lakin representing the Democratic majority. And what did they have to say for themselves? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t exactly a resounding affirmation of the importance of citizenship in our electoral process.

Bless his heart, Hewitt couldn’t even bring himself to say that only citizens should be voting in federal elections. Instead, he danced around the issue, discussing current laws and eligibility. Sorry, Damon, but we’re not asking for a legal dissertation here, just a simple “yes” or “no.”

Camarillo, meanwhile, thought that whether non-citizens should vote in federal elections was up to the states. Last time I checked, we discussed federal elections, which decide who runs the country. But hey, what do I know?

And then there’s Lakin, who also needed help to give a straight answer. Instead, she regurgitated some stuff about enabling eligible voters to cast their ballots. Well, guess what, Sophia? Non-citizens aren’t eligible voters in federal elections. It’s a no-brainer.

But fear not. On the other side of the aisle, Hans von Spakovsky and Maureen Riordan held it down for the Republicans. And boy, did they deliver.

Riordan clearly stated that non-citizens shouldn’t be voting in federal elections. It’s as simple as that: no hemming and hawing, just a declaration of common sense.

And then there’s von Spakovsky, whose personal background adds more credibility to his statement. As the son of naturalized citizens, he knows firsthand the value of citizenship and the importance of protecting our electoral process from any funny business.

So there you have it. On one side, Democrats tap-dance around the issue, and on the other, Republicans stand firm in defense of our democracy. It makes you wonder whose side some of these politicians are on. I’ll let you be the judge of that.

In an interview with the media, Ms. Lakin tried to justify the Democrats’ dodgy responses. She mentioned existing laws and procedures, claiming they’re sufficient to ensure only eligible voters participate in federal elections. Oh, spare me the excuses! She went on about affidavits and penalties for perjury. Sure, those are in place, but they need to be foolproof. And guess what? She conveniently forgot to mention the legal battle in 2016 over Kansas’s requirement for documentary proof of citizenship. The court shut that down, ruling it went beyond what was necessary. Nice try, Ms. Lakin, but we’re not buying it.

And if you thought the Democrats’ tap-dancing ended there, think again. Mr. von Spakovsky rightly pointed out their inability to give a straight answer. It’s like pulling teeth! It reminds me of that time when some university presidents couldn’t even condemn calling for the genocide of Jews. Yeah, it’s that bad. They can’t bring themselves to admit it publicly, but deep down, they want non-citizens to have a say in our elections. Talk about out of touch!

According to a recent survey, a whopping 87 percent of voters agree that proof of citizenship should be required to register to vote. And get this: 86 percent believe only U.S. citizens should be casting ballots in American elections. That’s right, folks. Across the board, Americans want to keep our elections for Americans only. It’s not a partisan issue; it’s about protecting the integrity of our democracy.

Yet, despite what the people want, those Democratic witnesses can’t seem to get on board. They’re all wishy-washy, flip-flopping around like a fish out of water. They should listen to the American people instead of pandering to their agenda. Maybe that could be wishful thinking.