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Monday, October 25, 2010


Did you see it on TV today? There are communities in America who have referendum questions on their ballots that would allow non-residents to vote in municipal elections. Yea, that's right, crazy as it may sound, it's true.

The argument being made by the League of Young Voters is that people who are here legally but are not citizens should be able to vote on issues that affect their pocketbooks and their children. The politically correct position is "oh, my, they live here, they work here, their kids go to school here, so they should be able to vote here." The argument is that "this aligns with what the founders of this country believed, no taxation without representation."

After hearing about this I was left shaking my head, asking myself where in the world do American citizens get their civic education? "Taxation without representation" applies to non-citizens? Where in the Constitution or Bill of Rights does it say that?

Ideally voters should get educated about candidates and issues, but if you are not a citizen why would you care? Legal immigrants may be enticed to vote for policies regarding illegal immigration, more social programs, bilingual education in the schools, things that benefit only immigrants.

And the biggest issue? Without having gone through the becoming-a-citizen process, how do legal immigrants know anything about our Constitution, you know, little things like the 3 branches of government and how they are supposed to work together, and our legal and court system? They may lack sufficient knowledge about our political institutions and issues to cast an intelligent vote.

The question I have is why don't these people who want to have a voice in our government just become citizens? Well, the process can take 3-5 years, but the biggest reason they don't go through the citizenship process is because many of them CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH well enough to pass the citizenship test.

So I ask you, if legal immigrants are not able to speak our language, THAT IS ENGLISH IN CASE ANYONE HAS FORGOTTEN, then how are they supposed to be able to read a ballot? Oh, I forgot, they will probably be given ballots in their native language.

This is a big deal because there are millions of non-citizen immigrants living here. Yes, I know, the proposal right now is that they should have the right to vote on local issues. But therein lies the first step towards open voting for everyone. This is just another opportunity for rampant voter fraud and a total distortion of our electoral process.

Enough said.

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