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Rep. Malliotakis praises House bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote

July 11, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CAPITOL HILL — BROOKLYN CONGRESSMEMBER NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS (R-11) applauds the House of Representatives July 10 passage of the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act. The bill would require documented proof of citizenship not shown on driver’s licenses and most other forms of ID when registering to vote in federal elections. It plans to order states to set up a program to remove noncitizens from state voter rolls. During her speech on the House Floor, Malliotakis referenced a NYC law (Int 1867-2020) that Mayor Eric Adams had refused to outright veto (he sent it back to Council without signature) allowing noncitizens to vote in municipal elections as long as they met the 30-day residency requirement and possessed a green card or work authorization. Groups opposing the SAVE ACT warn that bona fide voters would also be in danger of being unjustifiably purged from records. Rep. Summer Lee (D-PA) reminded her colleagues of her recently introduced Right to Vote Act, which would prohibit governments from passing restrictions such as the SAVE Act.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership issued a statement Wednesday opposing the SAVE Act, calling itextreme and dangerous as it will purge millions of legal voters from state rolls and make it much more difficult for Americans to reregister to vote.Pointing out that the law would ban the standard government-issued forms of ID normally accepted for voter registration, the Caucus asserted,This is a direct attack on hard-working families, including Latino communities.”

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