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Republican Introduces Bill Requiring Proof Of Citizenship To Vote

•, by Joseph Lord

The Epoch Times first obtained a copy of the bill, dubbed the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act.

The bill is being introduced with the support of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who vowed to bring up such a bill during an appearance with former President Donald Trump weeks ago.

Although noncitizen voting in federal elections is already unlawful, past Supreme Court decisions limit states' power to ensure that voters are citizens.

Mr. Roy's bill seeks to strengthen safeguards around voter registration to ensure compliance with existing law against noncitizens voting.

To this end, it demands that a state "shall not accept and process an application to register to vote in an election for Federal office unless the applicant presents documentary proof of United States citizenship with the application."

Speaking at a May 8 press conference in support of the legislation, Mr. Johnson tied it to ongoing protests at campuses across the United States.

"In recent days, we've seen a growing number of folks on student visas show their willingness to break the law and utterly disrupt our way of life and threaten law-abiding students who are actually American citizens," Mr. Johnson said. "If they're willing to take over buildings and physically terrorize their fellow students, why would they not be willing to lie on a voter registration form?"

Stephen Miller, a former senior adviser to President Trump, also commented during the press conference.

"If Hakeem Jeffries and his Democrat members try to kill this bill, they will be declaring to the whole country that they want Joe Biden's illegals to vote in this election," Mr. Miller said.