Bill That Would Ensure Only U.S. Citizens Can Vote Passes House Despite Opposition from Nearly Every Democrat

Bill That Would Ensure Only U.S. Citizens Can Vote Passes House Despite Opposition from Nearly Every Democrat


House Republicans and five Democrats passed legislation Wednesday that strengthens existing federal election law allowing only U.S. citizens to vote.

The Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act passed the chamber 221 to 198, with no GOP House member voting against the bill.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, had 104 Republicans co-sponsors, including Majority Leader Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Majority Whip Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota and GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York.

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The changes the bill calls for are requiring “states to obtain documentary proof of U.S. citizenship and identity — in person — when registering an individual to vote in a Federal election,” according to a one-page summary prepared by Roy’s House office.

The legislation also, “Requires

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