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Concerns Grow That Illegal Migrants Could Sway ’24 Outcome In Swing State

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The concerns raised about the Arizona Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Manual (EPM) allowing non-citizens to register as “federal-only” voters and potentially vote in the 2024 presidential election are significant.

The potential loophole in the system, as highlighted by legal experts and officials, raises serious questions about the integrity of the electoral process and the potential impact on election outcomes.

The issue stems from the federal voter registration form not requiring documentary proof of citizenship, in contrast to Arizona state law, which mandates such proof for voter registration.

“I think it’s absolutely a possibility because if you aren’t requiring proof of citizenship, you’re simply going on people’s word that, oh yeah, I’m a U.S. citizen, you’re going to get aliens who register and who vote,” Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky said.

“The Justice Department, they don’t prosecute these cases, even though it’s a felony under federal law for an alien to register and vote.”

“Aliens have an incentive, a voter registration card, which you get when you register. That’s a gateway for getting other kinds of ID,” he said.

This discrepancy has resulted in a bifurcated system in Arizona, where individuals can choose to register using the federal form without providing proof of citizenship, thus limiting their voting eligibility to federal races only.

The fact that over 20,000 voters in Arizona have chosen to submit federal-only forms without providing proof of citizenship raises concerns about the potential impact on election integrity.

“Adrian Fontes could have used his elections procedures manual to help close the decade-old loophole regarding non-citizen voting in Arizona elections. Instead, he made it even worse — allowing non-citizens and individuals who have failed to prove their U.S. citizenship to vote in the Presidential Preference Election in 2024,” former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) staffer Ken Cuccinelli said.

“Meaning the same illegal aliens who have flooded across our open border at unprecedented levels in recent years could help decide the winner of the state’s Republican presidential primary in March. Because the manual is exempt from legislative review, we should expect nothing less from the most radical, far-left administration in the history of Arizona state government,” he said.

“The National Voter Registration Act requires that States ‘accept and use’ voter registration forms created by the federal government. The federal form has a question about citizenship, but it only requires that a voter applicant swear under penalty of perjury that he is a citizen. It does not require the person to provide any documentary proof. Arizona law does require documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote. The Supreme Court has held that, for federal races, Arizona is required to accept the federal voter registration form and cannot impose any additional requirements, such as asking for proof of citizenship,” America First Legal Senior Counsel James Rogers said.

“For state and local races, however, Arizona still has the power to require proof of citizenship. The result is that, in Arizona, voters have two options for registering to vote. Their first option is to fill out the state voter registration form, provide proof of citizenship, and then be able to cast a vote in federal, state, and local races,” he added.

“Their second option is that they can fill out the federal form, avoid providing proof of citizenship, and then only be able to cast a vote in federal races. This bifurcated system is unique to Arizona. More than 20,000 voters in Arizona have chosen to submit federal-only forms,” Rogers said.

“These 20,000 people have thus avoided the requirement to prove their citizenship but also given up the chance to vote in state or local races. It would be interesting to understand why these people have chosen to file federal-only forms, but it does not appear that anyone has ever investigated why,” he said.

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