Saturday, May 13, 2017
Trump's voter fraud battle faces court blockades
USA Today/by Richard Wolf
President Trump's newly created voter fraud commission has an obvious target in mind: the 3 million to 5 million non-citizens who Trump claims, without evidence, voted illegally in the 2016 elections.
But if the goal is to establish tighter proof of citizenship requirements for federal elections, the panel will have to recommend ways to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling from 2013, as well as a 2016 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
The high court's 7-2 decision said states cannot add to mail-in federal voter registration requirements by demanding proof of citizenship. It struck down a 2004 initiative in Arizona that required physical proof when registering by mail, citing the 1993 "motor voter" law that was designed to simplify voter registration procedures. That law lets registrants simply assert citizenship, under penalty of perjury.