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A proposed ammendment in Missouri, would require people to prove citizenship before being allowed to vote.

The battle over voting rights will expand this week as lawmakers in Missouri are expected to support a proposed constitutional amendment to enable election officials to require proof of citizenship from anyone registering to vote. The measure would allow far more rigorous demands than the voter ID requirement recently upheld by the Supreme Court, in which voters had to prove their identity with a government-issued card.

Sponsors of the amendment — which requires the approval of voters to go into effect, possibly in an August referendum — say it is part of an effort to prevent illegal immigrants from affecting the political process. Critics say the measure could lead to the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of legal residents who would find it difficult to prove their citizenship.

Voting experts say the Missouri amendment represents the next logical step for those who have supported stronger voter ID requirements and the next battleground in how elections are conducted. Similar measures requiring proof of citizenship are being considered in at least 19 state legislatures. Bills in Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina have strong support. But only in Missouri does the requirement have a chance of taking effect before the presidential election.

In light of the crackdowns on illegal immigrants that are happening with increasing frequency, it would only seem logical few of these people would make an attempt to vote. As James Joyner at OTB noted– “Certainly, illegal aliens have strong incentives to avoid official scrutiny.”

I guess the ammendment would prevent attempts at double voting. This being done through the use of dead people, or family pets being registered to vote. I assure Wizbang readers that neither Misay or Eponine Jempty have ever voted or ever will. See for the most part, I’m a well behaved registered Democrat.

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