Get Out The Vote!
Florida, Colorado and several other states have inadvertently hit on an excellent new method for recruiting voters!
An Associated Press article from July 15th 2012 indicates that noncitizens in the United States may be making unprecedented attempts to vote, warranting Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s successful efforts to access the Department of Homeland Security Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE.) The database allows the state to compare names of registered voters with name and alien number of noncitizens, in order to prevent noncitizens from voting. The article acknowledges that this scrutinization will not in any way prevent illegal immigrant’s attempts to vote.
Voting rates for US citizens abysmal
According to the US Census Bureau voter turnout for eligible voters in the past decade has fluctuated between 30 and 50 percent depending on whether it is a presidential election year. This put us at the bottom of world democracies. We are a long way from the image of the man smiling widely, dressed in modest cloths, holding up the ink stained finger.
Image of Democracy
An enthusiastic young man, not voting age himself, goes door to door before an election to make sure his neighbors have access to the polls on voting day. He is dressed in good cloths and tries to make sure the trickle of sweat from the heat doesn’t show. The script isn’t strict, and he begins with a large smile and a nod, “Hi, how are you doing today.” Suspicious looks follow, and “I don’t have any cash handy.” “Oh no” the young man says, trying to explain. He is met with, “Oh, I’m not political” To this he has nothing to say. He has run straight into the Democracy Freeloaders.
Do they drive on a road from one county to another without paying a bribe? Do their children go to school regardless of what their income is or who they know? They live in a haze of the things they take for granted.
Appreciation for the vote
Others walk for days, one foot in front of the other, a rhythm to their step as though they have walked all of their lives. With every step comes the knowledge that the ground behind them has collapsed, there is no home to go back to. Energy and enthusiasm to put something into the country that takes them in willingly or not can carry them way beyond a simple vote.
What are the numbers?
There is no definite data on how many noncitizens and illegal immigrants do try to vote. An estimate based on noncitizens called for jury duty in Utah, done by the Government Accountability Board, shows that possibly 3 percent of voters may be noncitizens. There are between 8 and twelve million illegal immigrants, and thousands of noncitizen residents. This leaves millions of fresh enthusiastic hearts and minds ready to vote and to go the extra mile to make their new home the place they have dreamed of.
Our newest immigrants may ironically be the most capable of contributing to the American Dream. The numbers being what they are a noncitizen vote could help a candidate out in a close race. Maybe politicians should be courting these noncitizen votes instead of finding ways to expose them as fraudulent.