By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A loophole in New York’s new law allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses could actually make it easier for them to vote, leading to widespread vote fraud in federal elections, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
According to critics, the NY Board of Elections and the sponsor of the bill, it could lead to “radical” changes that will throw future elections into doubt in the Empire State, leaving some to question whether Democrats who passed the bill knew exactly what they were doing.
“[A] major concern is that many states, including New York, use their DMVs to enroll voters. Since New York does not have voter-identification laws like the majority of other states do, this bill increases the potential for voter fraud,” state Sen. Republican Minority Leader John Flanagan (R–Suffolk) noted on Tuesday, the Post reported.
“This means that New York will soon have the most radical, open-ended law in the entire nation.”
The paper noted further:
The Green Light Bill, which passed the Senate 33-29 Monday and was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, allows illegal immigrants to obtain “standard” state driver’s licenses that can be used for identification and to board domestic flights.
But it is also the sole document required to register to vote, according to officials.
Even legislative sponsor Luis Sepúlveda (D-Bronx) admitted the provision could be abused.
“Theoretically, they could have the ability to vote,” Sepúlveda said while arguing on behalf of the bill during a Monday hearing in the capital at Albany.
Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin confirmed that voters only have to provide a driver’s license number in order to register to vote — and that includes federal elections.
“If you have a driver’s license number, you basically stop there,” Conklin told The Post Tuesday of the vetting process.
Registrants are required to check a box swearing they are eligible to vote in the US, but “it’s basically an honor system,” he said, according to the Post.
Illegal aliens are not allowed by law to vote in most jurisdictions around the country, and federal law states only citizens can vote in federal elections.
Prior to this week, Arkansas became the last state to ban noncitizens from voting in 1926.
NBC News noted in September:
Though it remains illegal for any non-citizen to participate in federal and state elections, federal law leaves it up to the states to decide whether non-residents can vote in local or special elections. Non-citizens currently can vote in some local elections in 11 states.
Sepúlveda noted that anyone who wanted to commit voter fraud can do so already. He then claimed that such instances are extremely rare, though he offered no data to substantiate his claim.
“Anybody could theoretically commit voter fraud,” he said, according to the Post. “You could get a form and register to vote, put any name — a teenager could get a form . . . there’s nothing that is 100% foolproof.”
That’s not true, say critics: Tougher voter ID laws would go a long way towards verifying someone has a right to vote in our elections, but Democrats — and too many federal judges — have blocked nearly all efforts to impose them.
Not all New York officials are on board with the new law. That includes Erie County Clerk Michael Kearn, who told the Post he would violate the law in the short term and file a legal challenge to it.
“I will not be granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants,” he wrote in a letter to the Erie County Law Department.
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