Is It Time for a National Voter ID Card?

Recently, the state of New York began issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, making it the 13th state—plus the District of Columbia—to provide such documentation to people residing illegally within the United States.

The full list of states includes: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

The Hill shared a video on Twitter showing a massive line of people wrapped around a building waiting to apply for a driver’s license.

While this concession by officials in The Empire State will undoubtedly make life and freedom of movement easier for those who are undocumented, it raises concerns about the prospect of election interference.

I’ve presented research showing there are as many as 30 million illegal aliens living in the United States and research estimating that more than 5 million of them may be voting in U.S. elections.

Two circumstances that help facilitate foreign nationals voting in our elections are: 1) the lack of a requirement to present identification when casting a ballot, and, 2) a valid ID being obtained and presented by an ineligible voter.

To be clear: every noncitizen is an ineligible voter.

Policies that grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens are not always good faith efforts to help them better integrate into society. Officials who create such policies are often thumbing their noses at GOP-led efforts to institute voter ID requirements.

In 2015, Hillary Clinton adviser John Podesta, along with other Democratic Party operatives, took part in a discussion on voter ID laws.

Podesta stated in an email, “If you show up on Election Day with a driver’s license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in federal elections,” with a full understanding that merely attesting to citizenship does not make one a citizen.

This ethos is common within progressive circles and has resulted in the expansion of programs that put driver’s licenses in the hands of an ever-growing number of illegal aliens.

Across the nation, driver’s licenses are acceptable forms of identification when casting a ballot. Of the states that grant driver’s licenses to noncitizens, the following have ID requirements to vote: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, New Mexico (only if he or she mailed his or her registration application and did not provide verification of his or her identity at that time), Utah, Vermont (only first time voters who registered by mail), and Washington (only in person).

And when we combine the increasing number of ineligible voters receiving credentials that could be used to cast a ballot together with the alarming number of states that have lax ID laws or no ID requirement at all, the elevated possibility of fraud necessitates a conversation about moving to secure our elections with a form of ID that only U.S. citizens possess—a national voter identification card.

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