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LICENSE: Unlink voting from driver’s licensing

Letter by John Clark, Lake Tapps on May 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm | 6 Comments »
May 30, 2012 9:50 am

Re: “Try reasonable middle way to license illegal immigrants” (editorial, 5-27).

The editorial board missed a key point licensing undocumented drivers. The federal Motor Voting Act requires all driver’s licensing offices to provide voter registration packets. Washington and New Mexico are the only two states that require no proof of citizenship when they hand a voter registration form to anyone applying for a driver’s license.

State employees are forbidden by law to ask for proof of citizenship when handing the applicant a voter registration form. The applicant fills out the form and checks a box attesting to U.S. citizenship. No state or county officials audit voter registrations from this source.

There is more that needs to be addressed than a better way to provide noncitizens the right to drive. We might want to consider ensuring that they actually have a right to vote at the same time.

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