Kansas is now embroiled in a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals case concerning whether requiring proof of citizenship in order to register to vote is constitutional. 

The right of citizens to vote is addressed in several Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Nowhere does it provide the right to vote to “persons” (used 49 times). The Constitution clearly limits that right to citizens.

The 18 U.S. Code 611 specifically states that “It shall be unlawful for any alien to vote” in federal or state elections unless state law allows it. 

Democrats, the left, and the ACLU are continuously filing lawsuits to allow non-citizens to vote. All of them claim that proof of citizenship is not required. Checking a box is proof enough.

U.S. citizenship is a statement of our patriotism and pride in what our country stands for. Citizenship is a statement that an individual’s allegiance is to the U.S.

Even former New York mayor Bloomberg wrote that “Extending the most important benefits of citizenship to those who still hold their first allegiance to another country seems counterproductive.” 

By what logic should we allow non-citizens, whose allegiance is not to the U.S., to have a say in how our country operates?

One commentator wrote that allowing non-citizens to vote is analogous to having a guest in your house who then directs how you run your home.

Each vote by an illegal immigrant cancels the vote of a citizen who has a constitutional right to vote. Is that supposed to be fair?

Everyday life requires some proof of who we are. Getting some government jobs requires proof of citizenship, as does obtaining a passport or Social Security card.

A Republican resolution introduced in Congress earlier this month would have affirmed that only U.S. citizens have a right to vote. Democrats rejected it.

Of course, they would reject limiting the right to vote to citizens. An Old Dominion University and George Mason University study estimated that possibly 2.8 million illegal immigrants voted in the 2008 general election. An estimated 80 percent voted Democrat. 

A May 2015 Rasmussen poll revealed that 53 percent of Democrats supported voting by illegal immigrants; 79 percent of Republicans opposed it as did 70 percent of unaffiliated voters.

A July 2018 Harris poll found that 91 percent of Republicans opposed allowing illegal immigrants to vote and 55 percent of Democrats agreed, as did 70 percent of unaffiliated voters.

The ACLU and several courts have accepted the notion that illegal voting is rare. How much illegal voting is acceptable? Apparently, the ACLU and judges believe that any level is acceptable.

Democrats and the ACLU trot out the tired mantra that obtaining proof of citizenship is a burden which disenfranchises the elderly, students, minorities, the disabled, low-income individuals and the homeless.

What is elderly? I am 73 and have a birth certificate. My father was born in 1907 and did not have a birth certificate, but in 1968 obtained one so he could apply for a passport. Apparently, 18-year-old students are incapable of obtaining proof of birth. Alleging that minorities are disenfranchised smacks of racism. What does being disabled have to do with proof of birth? There are enough agencies to assist low-income and homeless people that surely there are some that can help with obtaining a proof of birth document.

The bottom line is that if someone wants proof of birth there are ways to get it.

Non-citizens who apply for citizenship have to demonstrate a level of English proficiency and understand the fundamentals of our history and form of government. They have to take an oath of allegiance to the U.S. If illegal immigrants can vote, why would anyone go through the citizenship process? How does that make sense?

It is inconceivable that Democrats would allow someone who is here illegally, who has broken our laws, to participate in a process that elects our lawmakers. But Democrats don’t care since 80 percent of illegal immigrants tend to vote Democrat, and that is all that matters.

An overwhelming majority believe proof of citizenship should be required to register to vote. 

Providing proof of birth is not a burden. It is a common sense measure to protect those who have a constitutional right to vote as citizens. But Democrats don’t care.

Rich Kiper is a Leavenworth Times columnist.