Gingrey: Protecting right-to-vote “sacred”
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today to prohibit states from requiring proof of citizenship in order to enroll in a federal voter registration program. This ruling will affect Georgia state law, which has a similar requirement.
In response to the ruling, Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., today offered the Securing America’s Fair Elections (SAFE) Act to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. This legislation would allow states to determine state-specific enrollment requirements in a federal voter registration program.
“Ensuring and protecting U.S. citizens’ right to vote is the very cornerstone of our freedom, and part of this is preventing fraud at the ballot box,” Gingrey said. “Georgia and other states have the right—and the responsibility—to enact laws that will preserve the integrity of our elections system. This legislation will help safeguard that right.”
Gingrey aligns with Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito’s dissenting opinion, which holds that the Constitution “authorizes states to determine the qualifications of voters in federal elections, which necessarily includes the related power to determine whether those qualifications are satisfied.”