Elections

Husted: Executive Orders and Immigrants Will Compromise Our Elections

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This isn't actually true, but it sounds sexy so Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) said it anyway.

In a Jan. 27 letter to Obama and Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Husted says Obama's executive actions would provide millions of non-citizens with valid Social Security numbers and driver's licenses - credentials that can be used for voter registration.

"By enabling millions of non-citizens to access valid forms of the types of identification required to register to vote, the recent executive actions have increased the risk that non-citizens may illegally register to vote and vote in our elections," his letter said.

More specifically, Husted alleges that non-citizens may be "mistakenly" registered to vote when they apply for a driver's license, but as a resident of Ohio I can tell you that the only way that could happen is if a state employee does not follow standard procedure. A federal copy of your birth certificate is required for doing so and, obviously, non-citizens will not have access to one of those.

I expect to see a lot of similar talk over the next two years as the Republican party's share of the Latino vote plummets in the polls even further.

Voter fraud is not a serious problem in this country, but it's a useful boogeyman when you have nothing else.

  • Churchlady320

    No such thing as a federal copy of anyone’s birth certificate – they are issued by the states. That’s where the problem comes in because some states such as Texas have made it impossible to get without other ID, and the other ID requires the birth certificate. Cute.

  • Victor the Crab

    John Husted: “I DON’T WANT THEM SMELLY, DISGUSTING, DARKY SKINNED, SUB HUMANS FROM SOME THIRD WORLD COUNTRY VOTING IN MY AMERICA ‘CUZ THEY’LL JUST VOTE DEMOCRAT, SO I’M GONNA DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO STOP THEM LOW LIFES AND GIVE OUR REPUBLICANS THE POWER THEY SO RICHLY DESERVE!!!”

    Of course, he won’t really say what because he would be in a world of shit if he did.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Of course, he won’t really say what because he would be in a world of shit if he did.

      Not among Republicans.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Voter fraud is not a serious problem in this country

    You don’t need the “serious” qualifier. It’s not a problem of ANY kind.

    • Lady Willpower

      More people have been granted patents for Perpetual Motion Machines than have been successfully prosecuted for voter fraud, and Perpetual Motion is physically impossible. That doesn’t speak highly to the “pervasiveness” of voter fraud.

      • Christopher Foxx

        That doesn’t speak highly to the “pervasiveness” of voter fraud.

        Nothing speaks to the pervasiveness of voter fraud. Since, y’know, it’s pretty much exactly the opposite of pervasive.

  • bphoon

    Wacked out conspiracy theorist and Kansas (part time) Secretary of State Kris Kobach is (again) asking the legislature to invest the Secretary of State with the power to prosecute cases of voter fraud which he still insists is a massive issue here (when his voter ID law passed, Kansas had prosecuted a total of seven voter fraud cases with four convictions in the previous thirteen years–none of which would have been prevented by the voter ID requirements we now are saddled with).

    That’s all we need to do is give that megalomaniac a badge…