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March 28, 2005

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) recently unveiled a sweeping federal election reform bill, the Count Every Vote Act of 2005. Although she calls the measure "critical to restoring America's faith in our voting system," it might more accurately be described as the most wide-ranging assault ever on the idea that there should be minimum enforceable standards for voters, says Byron York (National Review).

Just look at some of its provisions:

  • One section allows individuals on the day of a federal election to register and to vote and have their vote counted in the same manner as a vote cast by an eligible voter who properly registered during the regular registration period.
  • Another provision says each state and jurisdiction shall accept and process a voter registration application for an election for federal office unless there is a material omission or information that specifically affects the eligibility of the voter; there shall be a presumption that persons who submit voter registration applications should be registered.
  • And a third section says that the failure to provide a Social Security number or driver's license number and the failure to provide information concerning citizenship or age in a manner other than a simple statement that one is a citizen do not constitute a material omission or information that specifically affects the eligibility of the voter.

Put all those together and you have a recipe for chaos. Anyone can show up on Election Day, register and vote, and officials would have no way of knowing whether that person was eligible to vote or not. All Clinton would require is that the person "affirm" that he or she is eligible to vote, says York.

Source: Byron York, "Hillary's Election Scam Bill," The Hill, March 21, 2005.


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