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Johnson, Trump Announce Election Integrity Bill To Require Proof Of Citizenship To Vote

•, by Samantha Flom

At a Friday, April 12, press conference at the former president's Mar-a-Lago residence, the Republican leaders announced the bill as part of larger efforts to bolster election integrity.

"What we're going to do is introduce legislation to require that every single person who registers to vote in a federal election must prove that they are an American citizen first," Mr. Johnson said.

Though some jurisdictions allow noncitizens to participate in local elections, it is illegal for them to vote in all state and federal elections. However, the United States' federal voter registration form does not require documentary proof of citizenship, and states' efforts to impose such a requirement have been challenged by the Biden administration.

The new legislation, the speaker said, would establish new safeguards to ensure only citizens can vote. The provisions would require states to remove noncitizens from their voter rolls and would provide them with access to Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases to help them do so.

"Congress has this responsibility. We cannot wait for widespread fraud to occur … especially when the threat of fraud is growing with every single illegal immigrant that crosses that border," the speaker said.

He added that he expected the bill to receive widespread Republican support while also forcing Democrats to go on record with where they stand.

'The Tip of the Iceberg'

The push to secure elections from illegal votes comes amid the flood of illegal immigrants pouring across the southern border.

Illegal immigration, though a persistent problem for decades, has exploded to unprecedented levels under the Biden administration. The deluge has included individuals on the United States' terror watch list and others with prior convictions for violent crimes.

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