House controlled by GOP approves bill prohibiting non-citizens from casting their votes

Late on Wednesday, the U.S. House, led by Republicans, passed a measure to guarantee that non-citizens are not registered to vote in federal elections.

In a vote of 221-198, the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act was passed mainly along party lines. The measure was approved by five Democrats who joined Republicans in supporting it.

The stance of the Biden administration is against it, and fellow Democratic leaders in Congress have urged their peers to vote against it.

As previously reported by The Center Square, U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, introduced a bill in response to the initiatives of Democratic-run jurisdictions to register noncitizens to vote. Additionally, some areas, such as the District of Columbia, have implemented measures that permit noncitizens to vote in local elections. The bill aims to address this issue.

In a recent communication sent to House Democrats, House Minority Whip Katherine Clark, D-Mass., raised concerns about the proof of citizenship requirement in the act. According to Clark, this requirement could potentially hinder Americans from registering to vote using their drivers’ license as the sole form of identification.

According to Roy, Democrats are against it because they actually desire non-citizens, including those who are in the country illegally, to have the ability to vote.

The Democrat-led U.S. Senate is now in possession of the bill, but it’s unlikely to make any progress.

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